Crystal Palace to act on striker interest with offer ‘ready’ for Serie A man

Date published: Monday 29th November 2021 1:20 - James Holland

Crystal Palace target Borja Mayoral

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace reportedly have an offer ‘on the table’ as they look to bolster their attacking prowess with the capture of a Roma star.

The Eagles seem to be enjoying life under Arsenal legend Vieira, having won three and drawn seven of their 13 Premier League games this term. Palace looked most impressive during last month’s 2-0 away victory over Man City.

Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher got on the scoresheet as the south London outfit put on a devastating counter-attacking performance.

Palace’s most recent outing ended in a 2-1 defeat to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. They went behind just 15 minutes in, and despite having most of the ball, were 2-0 down by the 86th minute.

An injury-time goal from centre-back Marc Guehi gave Vieira some hope of a draw, but an equaliser could not be found before the final whistle.

Palace only had three shots on target during the clash at Selhurst Park, and it seems the manager is keen to rectify such problems. Sport Witness, citing reports coming out of Italy, claim that the side have an offer ‘ready’ for Roma’s Borja Mayoral.

The Spaniard has been a target since August. Palace were hoping to land him before the transfer deadline to give them more firepower, only for Jose Mourinho to veto a deal.

Roma’s boss wanted to keep Mayoral around in case of an injury to Tammy Abraham. But Mayoral has spent most of the season on the bench and is yet to open his account – meaning a transfer could go through this time around.

Palace reportedly have €10m (£8.4m) ‘on the table’ and ready to go. They will need to finalise a move with Real Madrid, as Mayoral is partway through a two-year loan from Los Blancos to Roma.

A transfer to the Premier League team would see the 24-year-old compete with Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard for a starting spot.

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Marcelo Bielsa praises Palace star

Meanwhile, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa reckons Gallagher is having a big impact on Vieira’s team.

Leeds were in the running for Chelsea’s Gallagher before his loan move to Palace. The central midfielder is now on four goals and three assists in 12 league appearances.

On the star, Bielsa told reporters: “A quarter of a season has gone past and he has shown his influence in their game.”

He also praised Vieira: “Obviously the function of a coach is for the team to play as he desires. It’s admirable how deeply he’s been able to install his ideas at Crystal Palace.”

Palace come up against the Whites on Tuesday at 20:15.

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