Palace boss outlines plan to bring in strikers

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew (R) and Fulham's Scott Parker

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew insists he will bring in further striking options this summer.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew sanctioned the sale of Dwight Gayle to Newcastle United this summer, along with the release of Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh, and the club now find themselves in desperate need of reinforcements in the forward department.

Pardew, however, has allayed Eagles fans' fears by outlining the club's interest in as many as five strikers, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

"We have been linked with a number of players but we have four or five strikers that we could bring to this club," he said.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke is a reported transfer target for Palace

The South London club have been heavily linked with moves for a whole host of Premier League hit men, with the Standard claiming that their two priority targets are Liverpool's Christian Benteke and West Bromwich Albion's want-away forward Saido Berahino.

Palace winger Yannick Bolasie has backed his side to sign Benteke, citing his origin that he shares with the Liverpool star.

Crystal Palace's Yannick BolasieCrystal Palace's Yannick Bolas has backed the club to sign Benteke

“Obviously Benteke has Congolese origin, same as me," he said. "It is good to see fresh faces come through the door."

Despite an impressive start to last season's campaign, Palace faltered after the turn of the year and eventually finished 15th in the table, managing just 39 goals in 38 outings.

Their need for added fire-power is quite obvious, and as the start of the Premier League draws ever closer, that need will become more pressing.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew must ensure he brings in more fire-power in forward areas

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