Crystal Palace look destined for another mid-table finish in the Premier League. The Eagles made a solid start to the new campaign but have since faltered into a position just above the relegation places.
The expected stability under Roy Hodgson has helped Palace remain a generally tough-to-beat side in the Premier League. However, with Palace expected to change manager at the end of the season, the club will be looking to bolster the squad in a period of transition for the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign.
After signing more defensive players in Dean Henderson, Rob Holding and Jefferson Lerma in the summer, the South London side appears to be shifting their focus to attacking targets.
With transfer budgets reportedly slim for chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman, the Eagles will still need to offload first-team players to bolster the transfer chest. Palace will likely focus on bringing in bright youth prospects. This was the case with Matheus França in the summer.
Crystal Palace transfer targets, rumours and odds
Rumoured Crystal Palace signings in January 2024
Eddie Nketiah – 1/1 (2.0)
Since Wilfried Zaha’s departure to Galatasaray, the highly-rated Michael Olise has stepped up as the Eagles’ goalscoring threat. But the 21-year-old’s value has soared after some impressive recent Premier League form, leading to rumours about the French player’s future.
As a potential replacement, Palace have had a long-standing interest in Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. He is reportedly seen at Selhurst Park as the long-term successor to Jean-Philippe Mateta and Odsonne Édouard, who have scored just eight goals between them this season.
However, Nketiah's supposed release clause, estimated at £34 million, could be a sticking point. Mikel Arteta is also unlikely to part with the 24-year-old in January without a genuine replacement, having been an increasingly important squad player for the Gunners, notching five goals and three assists in 19 Premier League appearances.
Yet a loan deal to bring the English striker to Selhurst Park is not off the table and such a move could be more viable for Palace, Nketiah and Arsenal.
Ronnie Edwards 2/1 (3.0)*
Palace are in negotiations with Peterborough United to sign highly-rated defender Ronnie Edwards. The 20-year-old has racked up over 100 senior appearances in the Championship and League One over the past three seasons.
The Eagles have monitored Edwards’ progress recently and could meet Peterborough’s £10 million asking price.
Edwards would match Palace’s transfer policy of signing young talent. In addition, the 20-year-old will perhaps be considered a long-term replacement for England international Marc Guéhi, who has a host of suitors among the leading Premier League clubs.
(* indicates our projected probability of the move happening)
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7/1 (8.0)*
Palace were eager to sign the Nigerian international last summer, with the intent of providing competition for Mateta and Édouard. Iheanacho was also reportedly keen to seal a move to South London, but negotiations fell through over the Foxes’ £18 million price tag.
While a deal could be less likely in the winter window, Palace might turn their attention back to Iheanacho if they cannot strike a deal for Nketiah.
Rumoured Crystal Palace departures in January 2024
Premier League interest in Michael Olise might be Palace’s biggest worry. The French forward has caught the eye with standout performances recently and Liverpool and Manchester United have been impressed.
But, after signing a long-term deal in the summer, a sudden winter move for Olise may be off the cards.
Mateta is another first-team player who might be on the move in January. The towering striker has struggled for consistency at Selhurst Park, notching just 15 goals in 87 appearances since 2021.
In addition, the 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Germany after failing to hold down a regular spot in the Eagle’s starting XI. Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt are one of the leaders to make a move for the unsettled Mateta.