Alan Pardew's response when asked whether Crystal Palace will sign a striker in January

Crystal Palace have a lack of forward options at the moment.

Alan Pardew has told the Telegraph that Crystal Palace are searching the market for a striker in the January transfer window.

Palace have failed to find a prolific front man this season, and they are currently without a number of their first team stars.

Connor Wickham and Dwight Gayle are both currently out injured, leaving Marouane Chamakh and Frazier Campbell as the only available striking options in Pardew’s squad.

As a result, the Eagles could look to bring in a new number nine in January - as they look to strengthen their push for Europe.

“We have been happy with Connor Wickham, but he has been out for long periods and we have done unbelievably well without him at times,” Pardew said.

“If we can keep him and Dwight Gayle fit, and get Marouane Chamakh up to speed, we will be okay. But we are still looking at the market to see if there is anything with a bit of value.”

Palace are currently in seventh place in the Premier League table, and their rise has been made all the more remarkable due to their lack of a prolific striker.

At the moment Yohan Cabaye is Palace’s top scorer, with five league goals to his name.

Of Palace’s strikers Dwight Gayle has the best record - having netted four times - but all of his goals have come in the League Cup.

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