Crystal Palace land Mainz man

The Eagles have landed the French forward on an 18-month loan deal from the Bundesliga club with an obligation to buy.

That fee is believed to be in the region of £13m, and it comes as no real surprise considering loan deals of that length almost always signal a permanent move.

Roy Hodgson is in need of some more firepower in attack and the 23-year-old may provide much needed competition to the misfiring Christian Benteke up top.

Benteke is out of contract in the summer and will likely leave Selhurst Park, whilst fellow striker Michy Batshuayi is on loan from Chelsea and hasn’t had much game time.

Jordan Ayew is also an option going forward but with just one goal so far this season, his form has dipped.

There appears to be a movement at Crystal Palace to bring in younger talent – in the 2019/20 campaign, the Eagles had the highest average age of any Premier League squad.

Recent additions including Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson highlight that – with Mateta another who could make a name for himself at Crystal Palace.

This move has yet to be confirmed by either club, but it has been reported by ever-reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, which is good enough for us!

Mainz striker on Crystal Palace transfer radar

British newspaper The Sun suggest that the Bundesliga forward is keen to leave the German club and has been made available for a cut-price £15m.

Palace have designs on strengthening their attack after a disappointing season in front of goal, with only relegated Norwich City scoring fewer times in the Premier League than the Eagles last campaign.

Chairman Steve Parish has faced criticism in recent transfer windows for a reluctance to invest in the playing squad, with manager Roy Hodgson repeatedly hinting in press conferences that Palace need to add to their ageing squad.

Following 7 straight losses at the end of last season, many Eagles fans will hope that wretched run of results will encourage the chairman to put his hand in his pocket.

Mainz striker Mateta barely featured in the Bundesliga this season due to a series of frustrating injuries, but 14 goals in 2018/19 for the 23-year-old and 20 strikes the season before for Le Havre show that the 6’3” frontman has potential.

Whether £15m is a gamble worth taking on the Frenchman remains to be seen, but it is of paramount importance that the conundrum up front is solved at Selhurst Park.