Report claims Crystal Palace will sell goalless striker and look to sign £8m Serie A replacement

Palace will reportedly offload Marouane Chamakh this summer and look to replace him with Fiorentina's Khouma Babacar.

It would appear as though Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has already identified one area of his team he needs to upgrade this summer, with the Mirror claiming that the club will offload Marouane Chamakh.

The former Arsenal man has made just 12 appearances this season but has failed to find the net on any occasion for the Eagles, and has not played a single minute of first-team football since early February.

It is thought that Pardew is intent on shipping the Moroccan out of Selhurst Park this summer, and the 32-year-old's former club Bordeaux are thought to be interested in a cut-price deal to reunite with the man who is a fan favourite at the French side.

Whilst they are hoping to shift the goalless forward, the Mirror states that Palace have identified a primary target to strengthen their weak frontline in the summer as they prepare to reignite their interest in signing Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar.

The Eagles were allegedly keen on signing the Senegalese international in January, but the Italian club refused to sanction talks over a sale.

However, the paper claims that Palace are hopeful of persuading La Viola to part with the 23-year-old, although it is thought he will cost around £8 million after scoring seven goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.

Palace are in desperate need of more firepower next season; their top scorer in all competitions this campaign is midfielder and penalty taker Yohan Cabaye, whilst Connor Wickham's five strikes is the highest total of any striker at the club.

Their four other forwards - Dwight Gayle, Fraizer Campbell, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Chamakh - have scored just twio Premier League goals between them all season long.

Babacar would bring another option in attack, and Pardew is thought to be confident that his playing style would translate well to the English game.

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