Italian newspaper claim Crystal Palace 3 man shortlist for January

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have published an article in their Saturday edition which looks at the transfer plans of Premier League clubs and how these may impact upon Serie A. Crystal Palace are one of the clubs mentioned and Gazzetta dello Sport clearly believe Alan Pardew is looking for a striker to add to his highflying squad. 

There are three names claimed by Gazzetta dello Sport as Crystal Palace's options, or their shortlist. Those are Khouma Babacar, 22 years of age and at Fiorentina, Adrian Ramos, 29 years of age and at Borussia Dortmund, and QPR's 26 year old Charlie Austin.

The Italian slant obviously comes from Babacar, and it's not the first time he's been linked with a move to Crystal Palace. Senegalese Babacar would have problems getting himself a work permit to move to England, but, given that he's been in Italy since the age of 14, he may well have got himself an EU passport, although that isn't touched upon.

Babacar has scored 6 goals in limited appearances for Fiorentina this season, and had a very productive season on loan at Modena in 2013/14, scoring more than 20 goals. 

Babacar is the youngest option, and Ramos the oldest. Ramos hasn't had the impact at Dortmund that it was hoped he would and it would be a surprise if Crystal Palace were hugely interested. Austin is a long term target for several Premier League clubs, but QPR have been continually reluctant to agree a sale. 

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