Report: Crystal Palace poised to pip West Ham to Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar after hijacking loan bid

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Pescara Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 28, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

Crystal Palace could beat West Ham United to Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match betweenACF Fiorentina and Genoa CFC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 17, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace have leapfrogged West Ham United in the race to sign Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar during this month's transfer window.

Palace have seen Christian Benteke score just once in the Premier League this season, and with no major competition behind him, Roy Hodgson desperately needs a new striker this month.

A host of players have been linked with moves to Selhurst Park, but with a deal for West Ham United's Diafra Sakho believed to be stalling, Palace are looking elsewhere.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Pescara Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 28, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

The Daily Mail report that Palace are now pressing ahead with a move for Fiorentina's Khouma Babacar, and may even be about to beat West Ham to his signature.

It's claimed that West Ham were hoping to sign Babacar on loan until the end of the season, whilst holding an option to sign him permanently in the summer transfer window.

However, Palace are believed to have swooped in with a £15million permanent offer, meeting Fiorentina's terms as they close in on a deal for the Senegal international.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Spal and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Paolo Mazza on November 19, 2017 in Ferrara, Italy.

Babacar, 24, has been on the books with Fiorentina since joining from Pescara in 2008, and he has been limited to 15 substitutes appearances and no starts, but has still managed to score four goals.

The centre forward could offer Hodgson another legitimate goal threat, and landing him would leave West Ham heading back to the drawing board in their search for a new striker.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina v FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 22, 2017 in Florence,...

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