Report: Crystal Palace are 'very close' to signing 32-year-old

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on January 18, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Crystal Palace will reportedly have a new striker very soon with former MLS hero Nemanja Nikolic set to join Roy Hodgson's Premier League high-flyers.

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in action during a game between the Chicago fire and the New England Revolution on May 8, 2019 at...

Veteran free-agent Nemanja Nikolic is ‘very close’ to joining Crystal Palace, according to Hungarian publication Zestadionu, despite rival interest from Olympiakos and Besiktas.

Finding a striker in January is never easy with price-tags soaring and clubs determined to hang onto their star men. But, by the time February rolls around, Palace might have snapped up not one but two new centre-forwards without spending a penny.

Everton loanee Cenk Tosun has already provided a tantalising glimpse of what he will bring to the table, placing a clever header into Manchester City’s net during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad.

 

And it seems that Tosun is set to be joined at Selhurst Park by an unattached 32-year-old who is keen to test himself in the Premier League for the first time.

Hungary international Nikolic is a free-agent after leaving Chicago Fire in December and, 24 hours after The Mail claimed that he was on Palace’s radar, reports from the experienced striker’s homeland suggest that a deal is on the verge of being completed.

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic (23) looks to control the ball during a match between the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire on August 24, 2019, at Gillette Stadium in...

Nikolic, Zestadionu adds, has emerged as The Eagles’ top target with a potential loan deal for AC Milan hitman Krzysztof Piatek looking more and more unlikely as the days go by.

It remains to be seen whether a wily old fox of a forward can succeed in England at the age of 32 but Nikolic retained a respectable goalscoring record in his three campaigns across the Atlantic. He lifted the MLS Golden Boot in 2017 and netted 13 times for Chicago Fire last season.

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in game during a game action between the Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids on April 20, 2019 at...

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