Should Palace consider a move for Dimitar Berbatov to solve striker shortage?

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Dimitar Berbatov is available on a free transfer and would be an ideal signing for Crystal Palace.

Dimitar Berbatov SalonikaDimitar Berbatov

Crystal Palace have lost three strikers from their first-team squad this summer and are in desperate need of strengthening in the forward department.

Their pursuit of Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has been well documented, but any potential move seems to have been thwarted by the Reds' extortionate valuation of the Belgian (Daily Mail).

A far cheaper, albeit more short-term, alternative for the Eagles would be free agent and former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The 35-year-old is available on a free transfer following his release from Greek side PAOK and has proven Premier League pedigree.

Berbatov playing for MonacoBerbatov playing for Monaco

Despite the Bulgarian's advancing years he never relied on pace when he was at the peak of his career, so his game has not actually changed that much. 

Berbatov has always been an intelligent striker who utilises his football brain to create space for both himself and others around him.

He spent eight successful years in the English game, with spells at three different clubs. In 229 league appearances, he managed 95 goals and won two Premier League titles along with two League Cups.

Dimitar Berbatov scores for Manchester UnitedDimitar Berbatov scores for Manchester United

He has invaluable experience combined with a touch of class and guile that would add an extra element of quality to the Palace attack.

One potential stumbling block to a move for the Bulgarian could be Alan Pardew's insistence on all 11 players contributing to the hard work ethic expected at the club, and with Berbatov's reputation being that of a 'lazy' footballer, it is questionable whether the Palace boss would move for the former Premier League title winner.

Palace should, nevertheless, take a gamble on the mercurial front-man, if only on a short-term deal, to bolster their attacking options.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesBerbatov during his time with Fulham

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