Crystal Palace confident of landing striker

Crystal Palace are confident of landing West Ham striker Diafra Sakho according to reports today.

The West Ham striker is understood to be keen to end his three-and-a-half year spell at the club by moving to Selhurst Park.

Sakho exploded onto the scene for the Hammers when he signed for them in August 2014, scoring eight goals in 10 games – including strikes in seven consecutive matches.

Despite his impressive goalscoring form at the start of his West Ham career, he has found opportunities more difficult to come by, making a total of just 71 appearances in all competitions including a grand total of four appearances last season.

The Senegalese striker tried to force a deadline day move to Ligue 1 side Rennes, travelling to France for a medical, despite West Ham not having agreed a fee. That deal of course didn’t happen, and Sakho was forced to stay in East London where he has gone on to make 17 appearances this season.

However, according to the Mirror, Crystal Palace are confident of securing a deal for the 28-year-old, with a transfer potentially being completed by the end of the week.

Palace are also keen on signing Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar.

The 24-year-old, has bagged five goals in 17 this season but netted a total of 14 in 31 matches last term. Palace were interested in him last summer but were unable to get a deal done.

Roy Hodgson, who recently claimed he could sign up to seven players this month, is keen to pep up his attacking options after Christian Benteke has scored just one goal in 17 appearances this season.

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