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Alfredo Morelos would be a good signing for Crystal Palace

Alfredo Morelos is currently one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premiership. Plying his trade with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, the Colombian youngster has racked up goals at an alarming rate, having already accumulated 12 goals and 7 assists from 18 appearances.

A youth product of Colombian club Independiente Medellin, Morelos made his debut as an exciting teenager in 2014 but he failed to make an impact. Having made only 12 starts for his club over one and a half seasons, Morelos was loaned out to Finnish club HJK Helsinki in February 2016 and it was in Finland that he realised his true potential. The Colombian scored 46 goals from 62 appearances for HJK, including 4 goals from 6 games in the Europa League qualifying stages. However, his heroics were not enough to propel the club to the group stages of the competition.

After a successful spell in the Finnish top flight, Morelos was snapped up by Rangers in the summer of 2017 and the Colombian carried on his merry way in the Scottish Premiership. He scored 18 goals across all competitions for Rangers in his debut season and has hit the ground running this term as well. The 22-year-old has already racked up 12 goals and 7 assists in the Scottish Premiership in the ongoing campaign.

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Standing at 5ft. 9 inches with a stocky and powerful frame, Morelos is a wonderful athletic striker whose main attributes are his pace, power and physicality. He has a low centre-of-gravity which allows him to keep good close control and take on the defenders with his trickery.

A fast and agile attacker, Morelos combines his superior upper body strength with his pace and trickery to terrorize the opposition. The youngster also has a deadly right foot that is capable of finding the net with powerful shots from outside the box.

The 22-year-old is also a potent threat to the opposition off the ball as he keeps lurking inside the penalty area to capitalize on any half-chance that comes his way. Furthermore, he is also good at holding the ball up for his teammates to get into the game and has the ability to time his jump to perfection to win the aerial balls.

To put things into perspective, he would be a good buy for Crystal Palace. The Eagles have resurrected their campaign with some positive results in recent weeks.

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Having steered themselves to safety, Palace should look to make more of an impact in the second half of the season. And a major part of that would be to score goals and Morelos could certainly help them out in that aspect. 

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Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha have found some form in recent weeks but Palace have missed the services of Christian Benteke, who has been on the sidelines for a long time. Swansea loanee Jordan Ayew and youngster Alexander Sorloth haven’t really made much of an impact, leaving Hodgson short of options up front.

That said, they need an in-form striker to turn their fortunes around and Alfredo Morelos is definitely a good choice for that purpose.

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Crystal Palace’s defence would be solidified greatly if they sign this all-action 23-year-old ace – Agreed?

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Why the Eagles should go for Lucas Verissimo?

According to a report from Brazilian outlet Futebol Interior, Crystal Palace, Lyon and Torino are all interested in signing Santos defender Lucas Verissimo.

The 23-year-old defender has emerged as an important player for Santos in recent times, and the Brazilian club are understood to be reluctant to lose him in the current transfer window. Santos would only sell Lucas Veríssimo for his release clause, which stands at €8m, adds the report.

Crystal Palace’s interest in Veríssimo suggests Roy Hodgson is eyeing defensive reinforcements after his side comfortably avoided relegation from the Premier League last term.

The Eagles conceded 53 goals in the 2018/19, which tells how disorganised and leaky their defence throughout the campaign was. There have been no additions so far for the south London outfit and given their defensive crisis, they need to do it fast.

Hodgson cannot rely on the central defensive pairing of James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho next term, with the latter underperforming and struggling with injuries.

Martin Kelly and Scott Dann are decent to have as squad players but they don’t have the quality to start for Palace, week in and week out. Keeping that in mind, Hodgson must push for the signature of Lucas Veríssimo.

Veríssimo is one of the most promising defenders in South American football and has rightfully earned plaudits for the recent few campaigns at Santos.

Standing almost at 6ft 3in, the 23-year-old’s frame combined with the speed and agility makes the Brazilian a beast of a defender. He is excellent on the ball with the ability to initiate attacks from the back.

The Brazilian is tactically brilliant and his ball-playing abilities combined with his strength makes him a perfect modern-day centre-back. Not only his aggression and physical status makes him arguably the perfect fit for Crystal Palace, but more importantly for the Premier League.

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A good reader of the game at the back, Veríssimo is also a vocal leader who knows to lead from the front when the chips are down. His potential addition would give the Eagles a defensive general which they have lacked under Hodgson.

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Crystal Palace needs defensive reinforcements that will help them improve and adding someone like Lucas Veríssimo will help their cause of a top-half finish next season.

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Crystal Palace’s midfield would receive a dash of energy if they sign this 22-year-old PL star on loan

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Scott McTominay would add a lot of energy and youthfulness to the Eagles midfield

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are interested in taking Man United youngster Scott McTominay on loan for the next season if the Red Devils decide against using the Scottish international on a regular basis.

The Sun, however, suggests that United are currently not looking to ship the 22-year-old out on loan this summer, although a few new signings might prompt the Red Devils to alter their stance.

United are already short of cover in central midfield following the departure of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, whilst the speculations over Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford is expected to make a loan deal for McTominay increasingly difficult to materialize. However, the Red Devils have been linked heavily with a move for Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the two clubs might as well do some fruitful business this summer.

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McTominay impressed for the Red Devils under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer towards the end of the previous campaign, with the Norwegian showing a lot of confidence in the talented youngster. The 22-year-old made a total of 22 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions this past season, scoring twice in the Premier League against Wolves and Huddersfield Town.

The Scotsman established himself as a useful squad player at Old Trafford the last term but it remains to be seen what kind of role United have in mind for him next season. He would probably play a lot more should the Red Devils fail to find replacements for the likes of Herrera and Fellaini, but with the likes of Nemanja Matic and Fred very much in the ranks, it would be hard to imagine the 22-year-old playing a massive role in the upcoming campaign.

As for McTominay, he has never been loaned out before but the prospect of getting regular minutes under his belt in the Premier League at Crystal Palace might appeal to him. On the other hand, the youngster might choose to stay at Old Trafford to focus on his development and, in all honesty, Palace taking him on loan pretty much depends on what plans Solskjaer and the Red Devils have in store for him.

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Realistically speaking, it is hard to see United loaning out McTominay for the next season, given that he played quite a lot of games for them last term. Solskjaer has shown a lot of inclination towards building a strong core of youngsters in the first-team and the 22-year-old certainly deserves to be a part of it. However, if they do decide to send him out elsewhere, Crystal Palace should not hesitate to pounce on the opportunity

Palace are currently not crying out for reinforcements in central midfield, with the likes of Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur all in the ranks at Selhurst Park. Milivojevic was once again amongst the standout performers for the Eagles last season, as the Serb finished the campaign with 12 Premier League goals. However, it won’t be a bad idea for Roy Hodgson to bolster his ranks with some fresh blood by bringing in a talented youngster like McTominay on loan.

McArthur and Kouyate are going to turn 32 and 30 next season, meaning that the youthful exuberance of the Scott could add another dimension to Palace’s midfield. Also, he brings in a lot of physicality to the middle of the park with his 6ft. 4-inch frame and tough-tackling nature.

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Palace would still need to bring in attacking reinforcements to challenge for a top-ten finish in the Premier League but the acquisition of the Man United prodigy won’t do them much harm.

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Crystal Palace can forget about Tomkins and Sakho if they sign this reliable €15m-rated defender – Here’s why

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Martin Hinteregger could be a massive upgrade on Tomkins and Sakho

According to claims from German outlet Bild, Crystal Palace are set to rival Eintracht Frankfurt in the race to sign Augsburg defender Martin Hinteregger.

Hinteregger spent the second half of this past season on loan at Frankfurt from fellow Bundesliga outfit Augsburg and the 26-year-old was one of the most influential figures in the club’s wonderful run in the Europa League, which ended in the semi-finals at the hands of eventual champions Chelsea.

Now, Bild suggests that Frankfurt are keen to make the Austrian international’s stay permanent, with reports claiming that Adi Hutter’s side are willing to pay €10 million for that purpose.

However, Augsburg are looking for a fee of around €15 million to part ways with their prized asset and it remains to be seen how Frankfurt alter their stance in response to that sort of asking price.

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Martin Hinteregger’s situation has put Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on red alert and the Eagles are seemingly interested in capitalising on the imminent availability of the experienced centre-back this summer. The 26-year-old made a total of 41 appearances in all competitions for the likes of Augsburg and Frankfurt combined, scoring on four occasions.

A youth product of Austrian heavyweights Red Bull Salzburg, Hinteregger spent seven seasons in the Austrian top-flight with his boyhood club and made a total of 212 appearances before joining Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach on loan in 2016. The 26-year-old earned a permanent move to Germany with Augsburg and established himself as one of the key players at the back for his new club in due course of time.

Hinteregger has registered a total of 83 appearances for Augsburg in all competitions over the course of two-and-a-half seasons but he might end up in England ahead of the upcoming season, with Crystal Palace interested in taking him to the Premier League.

With a wealth of Bundesliga and Europa League experience, the 39-cap Austrian international has an attractive profile, and at 26, he is very in his prime years as a centre-back. Hinteregger has carved out a reputation for himself in Germany and Palace’s links with the defender should come as a piece of welcome news to the fans at Selhurst Park.

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To put things into perspective, Crystal Palace are currently not crying out for defensive reinforcements but the Eagles should look to bring in upgrades on their existing options in all areas of the pitch. The South Londoners capped off this past season in the Premier League with a decent-enough defensive record, having shipped 51 goals in 38 games.

While manager Roy Hodgson is unlikely to be too unhappy with that, Palace are at risk of losing the services of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has been courted heavily by a number of top clubs, including Man United and Spurs (h/t Metro).

Hinteregger’s arrival would hardly have anything to do with that but the Austrian could prove to be a massive upgrade on the error-prone Mamadou Sakho at the heart of the defence.

Former West Ham man James Tomkins was arguably the pick of the central defenders at Selhurst Park this past season, whilst Sakho reminded the fans once again that he is capable of letting the team down with occasional lapses in concentration and some bizarre defensive errors.

Ex-Liverpool star Martin Kelly penned a new deal with Palace a few months back but veteran Scott Dann has been linked with a move to Newcastle United in recent weeks and the 32-year-old’s departure could possibly leave Palace short of cover at the back. (h/t Sun)

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Even if Palace retain all their existing options, someone like Hinteregger has the experience and the qualities to be an upgrade on the likes of Sakho, Tomkins, Kelly and Dann.

With Zaha heavily linked with a move elsewhere and Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham failing to deliver the goods, attacking reinforcements are likely to be high on Hodgson’s recruitment list for the summer, but bringing in a top-quality centre-back also makes a lot of sense.

Fearless on the tackle, strong in the air, quick across the ground and blessed with a good understanding of the game at the back, Hinteregger looks very much capable of making the step up to the Premier League. Given that he is only 26, Palace have every reason to look at him as a long-term solution in a bid to add more depth and steel to their backline.

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Considering the financial muscle of the Premier League clubs and keeping in mind how important a role the Austrian could go on to play for the Eagles, Crystal Palace should leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the Bundesliga defensive beast this summer.

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