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This £5million-rated League One powerhouse would flourish at any one of these 3 Premier League clubs – Here is why

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Three ideal Premier League clubs for Sunderland ace Josh Maja

Josh Maja is a young English striker who has impressed this season in the League One, scoring 15 goals for Sunderland. As a result, he is on the radar of a lot of clubs from the Premier League (h/t The Sun).

The Black Cats want to sell him in the current transfer window, given the possibility that he may leave for free in the summer. That’s when the youngster’s contract will expire and he has shied away from signing an extension at the club. Now, Sunderland are considering selling the 20-year-old sensation for £5million

The young striker has been clinical in front of the goal for Sunderland, scoring 14 goals in 22 matches thus far. It remains to be seen as to which club he would be playing his football in the future.

Here are three ideal clubs for the striker to move to in the current transfer window.

Crystal Palace

The Premier League side has struggled in front of the goal throughout the season. The Eagles are in need of a clinical striker to solve their woes. Roy Hodgson would benefit from having a striker like Maja, who is clinical in front of the goal and can score on a regular basis.

Maja could form a deadly trio with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend at the Selhurst Park and could benefit from the creativity of the two players. Given his age, Maja has shown a lot of promise. In fact, Crystal Palace could prove to be an ideal club to build on that promise and showcase his talent.

Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez has been a frustrated man throughout this season and the main reason for that has been the lack of support shown by the club owner Mike Ashley. Newcastle are faced with a dearth of quality players up front and Josh Maja could be a great fit for a club that is struggling to find the back of the net.

Although Sunderland would prefer selling the player to a team other than rivals Newcastle, given the situation anything can be possible if the Magpies are willing to spend. 

Everton

For Everton to fight for a European place, they need to have a striker who can score a load of goals. Their recent signings have failed to make an impact and have been wasteful in front of the goal.

Read More: Marco Silva must save this 20-year-old Everton sensation’s career and send him out on loan this January – Opinion

Maja has proven that he can find the back of the net on a regular basis and he could prove to be a bargain if he hits the ground running right on his arrival. Maja is strong, has got good dribbling skills and loves to shoot from the distance. Thus, he could prove to be the missing link at Everton.

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Crystal Palace signing this £14m West Brom ace would be an absolute steal for Hodgson and here is why

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Eagles should sign Oliver Burke in the summer

According to the Daily Record, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Celtic loanee Oliver Burke in the summer, with the Eagles’ Scottish Sporting Director Dougie Freedman reportedly an admirer of the 21-year-old attacker.

The same report claims that Celtic also want to turn Burke’s loan spell into a permanent deal but the Hoops will face stiff competition from Roy Hodgson’s side.

A product of Nottingham Forest’s youth system, Burke made a big-money move to the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig but he returned to English football with West Brom in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £14 million.

He was tipped for big things at West Brom but the 21-year-old was neglected significantly by former manager Darren Moore prior to his January loan switch to Parkhead.

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Burke managed just three substitute appearances for the Baggies in the Championship this term but he has rejuvenated himself at Celtic since the turn of the year, scoring 5 goals in 14 outings for Neil Lennon’s side. His change of fortune and red-hot form have urged Celtic to sign him permanently at the end of the season and now Palace have also entered the race to land the Scottish starlet.

Essentially a right-winger by trade, Burke is also capable of playing out wide on the left and through the centre. Predominantly a right-footed player who is noted for his pace, power, acceleration and flair on the ball, Burke has an intricate first touch and wonderful ball control which allow him to keep the ball at his feet and run at his opposite number.

When deployed on the left as an inverted winger, Burke likes to cut inside with his stronger right foot, either picking out the right pass for his teammates or having a crack on goal himself. The Scotsman, though a bit raw and rough-edged, looks like a very flamboyant player when he plays with conviction.

To put things into perspective, Crystal Palace should go all out to sign the Scottish prodigy in the summer to bolster their forward line. Hodgson is a hugely experienced manager who knows how to extract the best out of the young players and Burke should be able to take his game to a new level under his tutelage.

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Palace’s struggle for goals in the Premier League this season has been quite apparent, and although they have the likes of Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend as regular faces down the wide areas, Burke’s versatility to play on either flank and also as a striker up front should make him a useful addition to the squad. Given that Hodgson has often preferred a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 system, Burke would also provide competition for the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur and Max Meyer in the midfield.

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Still very much in the developmental phase of his career, Burke is not quite the finished article but he has enough raw talent to develop into a future star. Working with Roy Hodgson in the Premier League should appeal to the player and there is no reason why Palace shouldn’t go forward with the deal.

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Crystal Palace reigniting interest in this towering 26-year-old Frenchman would solve Hodgson’s defensive woes

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Why Christopher Jullien will be a good fit for Palace?

Back in June 2018, a report from the Sun claimed Crystal Palace were one of the few Premier League clubs that showed an interest in signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien.

The Frenchman, 26, impressed last season with his defensive displays and helped Toulouse retain their Ligue 1 status. Toulouse lost their skipper and defensive rock Issa Diop to West Ham last summer but Christopher Jullien stayed put at the club.

And he has managed to impress this season as well which should prompt Crystal Palace to rekindle their interest in the towering defender and sign him in the summer transfer window.

Crystal Palace have been hugely inconsistent this season, with Roy Hodgson’s side failing to score goals consistently. Irrespective of where they finish this season, the Eagles will have to make sure they address their problems.

Apart from bringing in a bonafide goal-scorer, Hodgson needs to tighten his backline with the addition of a quality centre-half.

James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho may have forged a strong partnership at the back but that hasn’t stopped the team from conceding 41 goals. Scott Dann returned this year from cruciate ligament injury that had kept him out for nearly 15 months. But Dann turned 32 last month and is past his prime, although he can be a very good squad player for the Eagles.

But Palace need a centre-half to add quality the squad, whilst bringing competition to Sakho and Tomkins. And the solution to Hodgson’s problems could be Christopher Jullien, who has all the attributes to flourish in the Premier League.

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, Jullien is a strong, physical and aerially dominant defender who has impressed in Ligue 1 with his all-action defending.

The Frenchman is an aerial threat in both penalty areas and is an asset for the team when it comes to attacking the set-pieces. He can also play the ball out from the back with ease and can pick a 30-yard pass as well.

The 26-year-old is fantastic at breaking up the play and his willingness to put his body on the line fearlessly would be loved by the Palace fans.

Jullien has decent pace despite possessing such a towering frame and his unorthodox and relentless style of defending combined with shrewd reading of the game and tackling skills would make him such an inspired addition for the Eagles backline.

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Not to forget, the former Auxerre and Dijon man is also a leader and commands the box well. Palace lack real leadership at the back, meaning Jullien could be a standout option for Hodgson.

Verdict

Given the leaky and unreliable backline, Crystal Palace need a commanding and smart centre-half, which is exactly what Christopher Jullien is. At 26, he is entering the prime years of his career and under the guidance of Hodgson, the lanky Frenchman can take his game to the next level.

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Forget it Hodgson- Crystal Palace are better off without signing this £3.5m Newcastle ace and here is why

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Crystal Palace Opinion: Eagles should avoid signing Mo Diame

According to the Daily Star, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame in the summer, with Brighton and Hove Albion also keen to get the experienced Senegalese enforcer on board at the end of the season.

The same report claims that Diame is facing an uncertain future at Tyneside, with his contract set to expire in the summer. They want to trigger a 12-month extension but Diame wants his long-term future secured and might as well head for the exit door to look for other options.

Diame arrived at Newcastle from Hull City in 2016 for a fee of £3.5 million and has made a total of 99 appearances for the Magpies in all competitions.

The former West Ham and Hull City man has started 22 games for Newcastle in the Premier League this season but he has failed to regain his place in the first team since the turn of the year following his absence due to injury, with the in-form duo of Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff keeping the Senegalese ace on the bench.

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The former West Ham and Hull City man has started 22 games for Newcastle in the Premier League this season but he has failed to regain his place in the first team since the turn of the year following his absence due to injury, with the in-form duo of Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff keeping the Senegalese ace on the bench.

Talking about Crystal Palace’s links with the Diame, he is not the sort of player who has the ability to light up the stadium with moments of brilliance, but he is more a hardworking central midfielder who chips in with a decent 6/10 performance every week.

The news won’t really excite the fans too much simply because the Eagles already have plenty of established options in central midfield and someone like Diame is unlikely to add anything extra to what they already have.

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Roy Hodgson’s side have struggled for creativity in the midfield and lack of firepower up front, with summer signing Max Meyer failing to adapt to the Premier League and Christian Benteke spending large quarters of the season on the sidelines.

Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend have worked tirelessly in the final third while much of the creativity has been provided by James McArthur. Luka Milivojevic and Cheikhou Kouyate have formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the midfield, with the duo keeping things ticking and complementing each other really well.

Diame is a tough-tackling all-action central midfielder with loads of Premier League experience but the veteran is reaching the final phase of his career at 31. Moreover, Hodgson would find it difficult to accommodate the former Senegalese international in his first-team plans, with Milivojevic, Kouyate and McArthur firing on all cylinders.

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He could still add more depth to their squad but Palace would be better off investing in some young creative midfielders to add that X-factor to their ranks.

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Palace need to add at least another attacking midfielder and a prolific striker to their ranks to challenge for a top-ten finish in the Premier League next term. Signing Diame would only increase their wage bills and, that said, the Eagles should avoid making a move for the veteran.

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