Palace ponder raid on Salzburg

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Crystal Palace have been linked with Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan as they make plans for the January transfer window.

Crystal Palace have been linked with Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan as they make plans for the January transfer window.

Manager Roy Hodgson is eager to add to his options in attack in the winter window as Christian Benteke has struggled for form and Connor Wickham has managed just two Premier League appearances this season due to injury problems.

Palace have relied on Jordan Ayew to lead the line and Hodgson wants to bring in some attacking reinforcements in January.

The Eagles were linked with former loan striker Michy Batshuayi earlier this month due to him remaining down the pecking order at Chelsea, but the latest reports suggest Palace could instead turn to South Korea international Hee-chan.

The 23-year-old has managed seven goals and 10 assists in just 11 games for Salzburg this season, including two goals and three assists in just two Champions League games.

Hee-chan, who scored for the Austrian outfit in their 4-3 Champions League defeat to Liverpool, is due to fall out of contract at Salzburg in 2021 so they may be open to offers in the January window – although that could well depend on whether or not Die Mozartstädter qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

It has been suggested a fee in the region of £22million would be enough to tempt Salzburg into a sale, and Palace would be able to match that figure comfortably after the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United during the summer.

Palace are likely to face plenty of competition for the striker, who can also operate on both wings, and Arsenal have also been suggested as potential suitors so they may have to move quickly to get a deal over the line in the January window – particularly if he continues to impress in the Champions League.

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