Report: Crystal Palace interested in Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace celebrates his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on December 16,...

Michy Batshuayi has struggled on loan at La Liga side Valencia, but Premier League Crystal Palace could reportedly offer him an escape route in January.

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi (R) celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during their pre-season friendly football match at Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on July 22,...

Despite that remarkable 3-2 triumph at Manchester City, Roy Hodgson will be under no illusions that the January transfer window could be essential to Crystal Palace's hopes of surviving for another Premier League season.

The Eagles have hardly soared in front of goal, averaging less than one per game so far this season with just 17 in 18 fixtures. So it is no surprise that Hodgson has allegedly identified a striker as his top priority next month.

 

And the Sun (23 December, page 61) believes that Crystal Palace are ready to take a chance on Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgium international is still a Chelsea player but the £33 million man is once again facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.

He joined Valencia on loan in the summer but has struggled badly in Spain, scoring just three goals in 21 games as Los Che’s rejuvenation has stalled under Marcelino Garcia Toral.

Michy Batshuayi of Valencia CF  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Valencia v Manchester United at the Estadio de Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia Spain

As a result, it is understood Valencia will cut short his time at the Mestalla next month and Crystal Palace are interested in securing a loan-to-buy deal for a player Chelsea seem keen to sell.

If Hodgson can help Batshuayi rediscover the form he showed at Borussia Dortmund in the second half of last season, however, Palace could have the prolific centre-forward they have needed since Christian Benteke lost his verve.

Batshuayi plundered seven goals in 10 Bundesliga games for Dortmund.

Michy Batshuayi of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team`s second goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart at Signal Iduna Park on April 8, 2018 in...

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