Report: Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace could trade strikers in January

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on November 19,...

Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace are both said to be keen on each other's strikers.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace is challenged by Lamine Kone of Sunderland in the second half during the Premier League match between Sunderland FC and Crystal Palace FC at Stadium of...

According to a report on TeamTalk, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough could swap Connor Wickham for Britt Assombalonga in January.

Wickham has struggled for appearances at Palace in recent times, with his injury problems keeping him out of the side for long periods.

The Eagles are now on the hunt for a new striker, as Roy Hodgson look to add firepower to his team, and Middlesbrough’s Assombalonga is on his radar.

 

Assombalonga has never played at Premier League level before, but he is one of the most dangerous front men in the Championship.

There is a feeling that Assombalonga isn’t ideally suited to Boro boss Tony Pulis’ style though.

And a deal which sees Wickham, who was once valued at £7 million (BBC Sport), come to the Riverside in exchange for Assombalonga could now be struck in January.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018...

Palace and Boro both need forwards for differing reasons, as they look to improve over the second half of the season.

The Eagles are currently fighting against the drop in the Premier League, while Middlesbrough are aiming to get promoted back to the top tier.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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