Should Palace turn to Rickie Lambert - or is Pardew's answer already at Selhurst Park?

Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for the Liverpool striker but Alan Pardew's best bet could already be in south London.

Recent reports suggest Alan Pardew is planning to swoop for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert as his first signing at Crystal Palace.

And yet Palace forward Glenn Murray - a proven goalscorer in the past - is already at Selhurst Park waiting to be used.

The 31-year-old's injury troubles have curtailed his Crystal Palace career but, during a loan spell at Reading this season, the striker has proved he still has an eye for goal.

“Obviously I am a Palace player, I was only on loan at Reading. As a player, you just get on with it and it’s part and parcel of the game," Murray said yesterday.

“It’s up to clubs, it goes beyond me if they agree a fee or what not. With a new gaffer in at Palace, we need to speak. He’s been busy up to now so I am sure will do this week. I am not looking to leave Palace or get away. Clubs might be talking but as far as I’m concerned, I’m a Palace player."

  GoalsAssistsChances CreatedDribblesAerial Duels WonMins Played
Glenn Murray 8 1 16 6 63 1,545
Mile Jedinak 5 2 9 3 83 1,617
Fraizer Campbell 3 0 7 12 28 1,043
Dwight Gayle 2 0 4 0 9 444
Brede Hangeland 2 0 1 1 26 948

And, as Opta stats show, Murray could be worth a shot for Pardew. Liverpool's Lambert may certainly flourish at a different club - as he did at Southampton - but is it worth taking a risk on a player low on confidence?

Murray is younger than Lambert and has scored eight times this season, creating 16 chances and winning 63 aerial duels. Embarrassingly, Crystal Palace's top scorer is Mile Jedinak on five.

Granted, 31-year-old Murray was scoring his goals in the Championship. But who's to say someone who can score against the second tier's top sides can't score against those in the bottom half of the Premier League or even higher? Charlie Austin and Danny Ings have proven one who does the former can certainly do the latter.

Murray, then, is worth taking a chance on. Palace could still desperately do with another striker - but whether Liverpool's Lambert is the answer is unclear.

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