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Palace target goalkeeper, striker before transfer deadline

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Aug 2017


Frank de Boer has placed a new goalkeeper and a back-up striker at the top of Crystal Palace’s transfer agenda as the manager looks to strengthen his side’s spine.

The Eagles are one of five teams without a point from their opening two Premier League matches, beaten 3-0 by Huddersfield on the opening weekend before a 1-0 loss at Liverpool last time out.

Incumbent goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey impressed in the defeat at Anfield but, with veteran Julian Speroni the squad’s only other senior shot-stopper, de Boer has identified a “long list of goalkeepers who could be suitable” for his possession-based approach.

While rejecting speculation the club had chased Oliver Burke – who signed for West Brom on Friday – the former Ajax and Inter Milan boss confirmed reinforcements are required.

“We still need some players. If some of our players get injured then it gets a little bit narrow,” de Boer said.

“For example we do not really have a really competitive striker behind Christian [Benteke].

“Normally when Christian is fit he is the number one striker for us. It’s the same with the goalkeeper – Wayne showed last week against Liverpool he is a very competitive goalkeeper.

“But still you want to prepare the best you can and if there [are quality players available] then we will not hesitate.”

Saturday’s match against fellow strugglers Swansea looms as a crunch clash for Palace as they look to build on a midweek EFL Cup win over Ipswich.

De Boer is not shying away from the significance of the early-season encounter.

“Of course it is a must-win. I think for Swansea it is the same,” he said.

“I think the team who shows the most hunger is going to win.”

The hosts will be without on-loan Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up a groin injury in training.


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