Palace eye Batshuayi return amid Hodgson’s reinforcements demands
Crystal Palace are being linked with a fresh approach for Michy Batshuayi in January after Roy Hodgson called on the club to sign a new striker.
The Eagles have made an excellent start to the season and head into the international break currently sat in fourth place in the Premier League standings.
Having performed above expectations so far, Hodgson is keen for the south London outfit to build on their current momentum by strengthening the squad in the January transfer window.
Top of the ex-England manager’s wishlist is a new striker with goals still being hard to come by for record signing Christian Benteke.
Jordan Ayew is currently leading the line for Palace and netted his third goal of the season in the 2-1 win at West Ham on Saturday, but Hodgson wants more.
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The 72-year-old has been on the lookout for a new striker for some time and hopes the answer can be found in the upcoming winter window as they chase a European finish.
Hodgson said: “Most people will tell you that they are expecting the clubs with the vast amounts to spend on quality players to assert themselves over 38 games.
“If we are going to get close, we are going to have to make certain that we are not reliant on so few forwards and full-backs. That is something we will have to address in the January transfer window.”
One name that has immediately been mentioned in connection with a move to Palace is Chelsea forward Batshuayi after he spent the second half of last season at Selhurst Park.
The 26-year-old netted six times in 13 appearances for Palace and could be made available in January by Chelsea having again found his first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international has netted three goals in six appearances for the Blues but has only made one start with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order.
Batshuayi will enter the final 18 months of his current contract in January and it remains to be seen if he has a long-term future at Chelsea, potentially opening the door for Palace.