Report: Crystal Palace keen on Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in pursuing a move for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski during the January transfer window.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 24th December 2017; page 61), Crystal Palace are keeping a keen eye on Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski in case they miss out on their number one target during the January transfer window.

The Eagles currently find themselves in a position in the Premier League table that few would have expected after their dreadful start to the campaign, and with a decent unbeaten run still going, it appears that Roy Hodgson's side may be able to keep themselves well away from the relegation zone this season.

Bartosz Bialkowski of Ipswich Town reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Reading at Portman Road on December 16, 2017 in Ipswich, England.Bartosz Bialkowski

Nevertheless, with just two points separating them from the bottom three, they still find themselves in a precarious position, and thus, the January window is still a crucial one for the club.

The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 24th December 2017; page 61) reports that signing a new goalkeeper is a priority next month, and Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp is at the top of their wishlist.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace speaks to the media during a Press Conference at the Crystal Palace Training Ground on September 15, 2017 in Beckenham, England.

Should they miss out on the German however, The Sun on Sunday suggests that Crystal Palace will look at Bialkowski, with Hodgson already reaching out to the Championship side about a potential move.

Bialkowski is an experienced campaigner in the Football League, having played for the likes of Southampton and Notts County before arriving at Portman Road, but he is yet to play at the highest level.

The 30-year-old has been an ever-present for the Tractor Boys this term, and they have enjoyed some success, with the side sat 10th in the table just three points off the play-off places.

Interestingly however, Ipswich boast the worst defensive record of any team in the top-half in the second tier, with 33 goals conceded in 23 games.

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