Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock prioritises two areas for January

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace's Neil Warnock will look to add strikers and left-backs in January, but remains coy on reported interest in Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis.

Neil Warnock is planning to move quickly when the January transfer window swings open.

He is eager to get fresh faces on board early and has prioritised two areas to work on with a sense of urgency.

Reports suggest that the Eagles have already tabled a bid for Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis, and Warnock admits he is in the market for striking talent.

He is refusing to give much away regarding the identity of his top targets, but feels quality cover is required for the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell.

Warnock said: “We have made offers for a number of strikers. We are short of strikers, especially when Chamakh’s been missing, we have lacked that physical presence.

“We’ve been looking at two or three strikers from home and abroad and we’re hoping to get one of those over the line in the first couple of weeks.”

Asked whether Gomis is someone he wants, with Premier League experience considered to be crucial, the Palace boss added: “Not necessarily. They have to be good enough, they have to be better than what we have.

“We have got some good strikers at the club. We have to be able to adapt and change the system at times. We have to try and find the strikers that can do that. That’s what we’re looking for, to give us another dimension. We’ve made bids for one or two players. Hopefully we can get one or two over the line as early as possible.”

Warnock is also looking to address issues at the back, with ‘three or four’ left-backs on his transfer radar as he endeavours to free Joel Ward up to play in a more natural position.

Palace are eager to avoid suffering second-season syndrome in the Premier League, with a number of clubs before them having failed to consolidate within the top-flight.

Money may have to be spent in an effort to avoid being dragged into trouble, but that should be considered an investment in the future and funding that will be recouped if a standing among the elite can be maintained.

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