Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
According to the Daily Star, Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Twente attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech.
The report claims that West Ham United, Southampton, Sunderland and Swansea City are monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation and the Premier League quartet have now been joined by Palace.
The South London club will be keen to bolster their ranks this summer following an indifferent Premier League campaign last term where they ended up flirting with the relegation zone.
Palace boss Alan Pardew saw his side’s goals dry up in the second half of the campaign, and this summer he will no doubt target more creativity in midfield and a goal scoring forward to add strength in depth.
Ziyech is a player who arguably fits both categories, as he often plays as an attacking midfielder who likes to drop in to deeper areas while also contributing with plenty of goals and assists.
The 23-year-old was one of Eredivisie’s most exciting players last season, netting an impressive 17 goals.
The Dutch-born Moroccan star has proven he is ready for the next level, and a switch to the Premier League would make plenty of sense with so many teams in for his services.
The Hammers, Sunderland and Swansea are also keen on strengthening their attacking options this summer, but arguably none need to as much as Palace after they netted just 39 league goals last term.
The Eagles have a fairly favourable start to the season, therefore its important they sign a new goal scorer or two before the transfer window closes in order to gain momentum and get some early points on the board.