Is Emmanuel Adebayor the final piece of the jigsaw at Crystal Palace?

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The Togolese striker remains a free agent.

In recent weeks Crystal Palace's balloon has deflated. They started the season with a bang and were tipped by many to make it into Europe. But they have now gone four games without a win in all competitions and have dropped to 10th in the Premier League table.

The club have plenty of talent among the ranks but it is quite clear to see where the problem currently lies.

Up front.

Palace have quite often found themselves with either Bakary Sako or Yannick Bolasie up top because of a lack of options.

Patrick Bamford has failed to impress, Conor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh have been injured and in all honesty Frazier Campbell and Dwight Gayle are probably playing above their level.

So the club need to bring in a new striker this winter if they are to push on into Europe and surely Emmanuel Adebayor is on their radar.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker is a proven goalscorer at this level and available for nothing other than sizeable wages in January.

He might be trouble but Alan Pardew can work well with such characters and he would fit into the free-flowing approach that Palace are trying to install. Adebayor has offers from Italy, Brazil and Turkey but it is understood he wants to stay in London - another bargaining chip for Palace to use.

With Adebayor leading the attack who knows what Palace could achieve this season?

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