Crystal Palace’s strike targets so far

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Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Crystal Palace won at home for only the fifth time this term by beating Bournemouth 5-3 in a thriller.

Crystal Palace are on the hunt for a new striker ahead of the January transfer window.

Barely a day goes by without a new frontman emerging as a potential target for the Eagles. To be perfectly honest it’s starting to get a bit confusing so here’s a list of all (or most, perhaps just some) of the names that have been linked so far.

Michy Batshuayi

Belgium international Michy Batshuayi spent a productive, if short, stint on loan at Palace last season and weighed in with five goals in nine Premier League starts.

Now back at Chelsea, the 26-year-old can’t get much of a look in under new boss Frank Lampard and has managed just 45 minutes of league action across five appearances as a substitute.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has essentially told him to find a new club in January as he says Batshuayi “has to play” if he is to remain in his plans, and we already know Palace is a good fit.

Gabriel Barbosa

Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, who has been capped five times by Brazil, is currently on the books at Inter Milan but is on loan in his homeland at Flamengo – where he has rediscovered his scoring touch with 18 goals in as many league games.

He has failed to sparkle in Europe, however, managing just nine Serie A outings for Inter and also struggling on loan at Benfica. A chance to test himself in the Premier League with Palace may appeal, but he would represent a risk for the Selhurst Park outfit.

Shon Weissman

Israel international Shon Weissman only joined Wolfsberger AC from Maccabi Haifa in the summer but has proven to be somewhat of a revelation in the Austrian Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old has 11 goals in just nine league outings so far and is a recent addition to Palace’s watch-list.

Hwang Hee-chan

Like Weissman, South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan is currently plying his trade in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg but is also making a mark in Europe having scored in his side’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old has managed seven goals and 10 assists in just 11 games for Salzburg this season.

Hee-chan isn’t necessarily an out-and-out striker and plays more in a supporting role for Salzburg, with Erling Haaland leading the line, but may still prove a shrewd addition should Palace decide to make the move.

Francesco Caputo

Sassuolo striker Francesco Caputo could be a cheaper option when compared to some on this list and he would be a risk.

The 32-year-old was a bit of a journeyman earlier in his career but came to the fore during a two-year stint with Empoli before joining Sassuolo in the summer.

He has hit the ground running with the Neroverdi, managing three goals in four Serie A games so far, but has never played outside of Italy and it remains to be seen if he would fancy a move to the Premier League at this stage of his career.

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