Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke may have options on the table from both the Premier League and Bundesliga side Schalke 04 as he pursues a loan move away from Anfield this winter.
Earmarked as one for the future, Solanke joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2017. While the striker made 27 appearances for Liverpool last season, he is yet to make a match-day squad for any of the Reds' Premier League fixtures this season, prompting talk of a January exit from the club.
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Reports of Schalke's interest in Solanke comes from German outlet Bild (via Goal), who claim that the English striker has the option for a six-month loan move to the Bundesliga side this month. In addition, previous reports have also claimed Stuttgart could also provide a temporary home for the young forward.
Manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that Palace are monitoring Solanke, saying:
"What would he do for us? He'd provide the attacking threat a good centre-forward should provide and he's a proven goalscorer through the age groups with Chelsea and England.
"If he comes here, it will be a great opportunity to show he can transfer that to Premier League football because we have someone who is the profile we are looking for and who I think has the ability we are looking for."
Palace chairman Steve Parish recently appeared to confirm the club are negotiating a deal for the young striker, suggesting that the club are keen to finalise a deal for a striker as soon as possible.
Solanke, who netted an incredible 41 goals for Chelsea's academy sides during the 2014-15 season, is also said to be attracting interest from Huddersfield Town, although it appears as though it is Palace who are in pole position to sign the striker.