Roy Hodgson has revealed that Crystal Palace are still eager to sign a striker during the January transfer window.
The Eagles have struggled for goals this season and have resorted to playing wingers Andros Townsend and Wilf Zaha as central strikers.
Palace had looked close to completing the signing of Dominic Solanke from Liverpool only for the player to instead decide to link up with Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
Despite pulling off excellent away wins over Man City and Wolves recently Palace boss Hodgson admits he feels his side would be a lot higher than 14th in the Premier League table if they had a prolific striker among their ranks.
“Getting a striker is obviously something we would like because as we’ve seen once again, we can’t do much more in terms of dominating games,” Hodgson told reporters after his sides 1-0 home win over Grimsby in the FA Cup yesterday.
“It’s pretty obvious that if we had that person who scores goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-chances, we’d be a lot higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game a lot earlier.
“It’s early days in the transfer window and everybody knows this is a tough transfer window because clubs aren’t eager to let players go if they’re good enough.
“You’re looking for the rare pearl – someone who is good enough who will make us better who at the same time for some reason is being released by their club.”