Agent confirms Rudy Gestede wants Crystal Palace transfer after first bid fails

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The agent of Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede has admitted that his client wants a move to Crystal Palace.

The agent of Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede has told The Guardian that his client want to join Crystal Palace during this month's transfer window.

The Benin international striker has hit 12 goals in 23 Championship games this season, overshadowing his more illustrious striker partner Jordan Rhodes at Ewood Park.

Yet those goalscoring exploits have triggered interest from Premier League clubs, with Hull City and West Bromwich Albion both linked with moves to sign him in recent weeks.

However, Crystal Palace appear to be leading the race for his signature, with manager Alan Pardew seemingly targeting a target man figure in attack - and David Wancier, Gestede's agent, admitted that his client is desperate for a move to Selhurst Park after Blackburn rejected the Eagles' first offer of £3.5m, according to The Guardian.

"Crystal Palace made an offer to Blackburn last week but it was rejected," he said. "Now the clubs have to discuss to try and find a solution. The player really wants to sign for Crystal Palace but is also committed to Blackburn."

"Rudy has been enjoying this season and just wants to play football. He just wants the club to consider this great opportunity for him to achieve his ambition to play in the Premier League," Wancier added.

Palace may have snapped up Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal and seen Dwight Gayle score twice against Burnley on Saturday, but Pardew is still interested in signing a more physical striker, but has seemingly hit a brick wall in his pursuit of Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis.

That means the former Newcastle boss has now turned his attention to Gestede, but Blackburn want around £6m for the former Cardiff City striker according to The Guardian - meaning a deal is still some way off yet. 

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