With Crystal Palace’s star man Wilfried Zaha being linked with numerous transfers away from the club, it is important that Roy Hodgson and the board strengthen the squad in their hopes that it will push them up the Premier League table next season.
If the attacker is to be sold, the Eagles will have plenty of money to spend and even improve the squad depth if they are to compete further up the standings.
Irrespective of Zaha’s possible exit, however, one position that would help bolster the Palace squad is the goalkeeper position, with Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guatia conceding 44 goals between them this season.
The South London club have already been linked with Stoke City’s Jack Butland. However, the Englishman has accumulated a lot of interest from several Premier League clubs as he looks for an exit from the Potters and the Championship; Roy Hodgson will want to keep an open mind when looking for someone to play between the sticks.
With that said, here are some options for the Eagles to consider.
After England manager Gareth Southgate stated he would include Butland in the England squad if he were playing at a top-flight level, the 26-year-old will be looking for a move away from Stoke City.
Registering 17 clean sheets with the Potters this season despite them finishing mid-table is impressive, and he would make a fine addition at the back of Palace’s squad.
Aiming for promotion with Sheffield United, the 22-year-old Manchester United loanee has an impressive 19 clean sheets to his name this season and is a definite talent to look for in a few years.
Another young, promising keeper who is currently at Mainz, the 21-year-old has earned a couple of caps for the German Under-21 national team and would suit the demands of the Premier League.
A product of the Toulouse youth academy, the French international has represented his country at various youth levels since the age of 16 and continues to impress at current club Fiorentina.
Though he may need time and development at Palace, the 20-year-old would be a good purchase.
Since the introduction of Alisson Becker, the Belgian goalkeeper has spent the majority of the season on Liverpool’s bench.
Although he has a bad reputation for mistakes in the box, the 31-year-old has plenty of experience and will be looking to get regular game time elsewhere; Palace should be able to pick him up for a reasonable price.