Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that the club needs to sign a striker this month.

Hodgson revealed this after his side scraped through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Grimsby.

Despite having 33 shots and over 60% possession against a Grimsby side who were down to 10 men after two minutes, it took a 86-minute winner from Jordan Ayew to secure their passage into the next round.

Speaking to The Mirror, Hodgson said this:

Getting a striker is obviously something we would like because as we’ve seen once again, we can’t do much more in terms of dominating games.

It’s pretty obvious that if we had that person who score goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-chances, we’d be a lot higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game a lot earlier.

It’s early days in the transfer window and everybody knows this is a tough transfer window because clubs aren’t eager to let players go if they’re good enough.

You’re looking for the rare pearl – someone who is good enough who will make us better who at the same time for some reason is being released by their club.

Palace have been linked with a host of strikers, but recently pulled out of a loan deal for Dominic Solanke – who has now joined Bournemouth on a permanent deal for £19m.

The likes of Sandro Wagner, Neal Maupay and Gabriel Barbosa have also been touted with a move to Selhurst Park.