The attacking department of the Crystal Palace squad needs quality additions this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and French media, Crystal Palace have entered talks with Lyon for Bertrand Traore.
The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Burkina Faso international was signed by Lyon in July 2017 from Chelsea for a fee of 10 million euros. The 24-year-old has a contract until 2022 with the club.
The forward has featured in 34 matches for Lyon this term, netting 4 goals and providing 5 assists in all competitions.
He’s incredibly experienced for a 24-year-old and still has tons of room for growth.
His record for Burkina Faso is impressive. Traore has scored 8 goals in 52 matches for Burkina Faso at senior level.
Traore is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queueing up to pursue his signature.
Roy Hodgson wants to sign a new forward and Traore is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The report claims that Crystal Palace manager has extensively scouted the 24-year-old and is considering a move for the forward.
Crystal Palace are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Bertrand Traore has the talent to play many roles in attack.
According to the report, “Crystal Palace is interested in bringing Lyon striker Bertrand Traore back to London this summer. Foot Mercato says Palace are discussing a move for the former Chelsea starlet. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is prepared to sell, as he needs to make several quick sales to balance the books. Aulas has authorised a move for Palace defender Mamadou Sakho, which has opened the door to the prospect of negotiations also being held for Traore. For the moment, Palace are only at the discussion stage and are yet to sound out Aulas about a price for Burkina Faso international Traore.”
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It would take a huge offer from Crystal Palace to prise the 24-year-old forward from Lyon.
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Signing the 24-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Hodgson.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the next few weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.