Crystal Palace are among a number of Premier League sides who look set to battle it out this summer for OCG Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
According to Get French Football News, Palace will face competition from Everton and Newcastle in their pursuit of the highly sought after 22-year-old this summer, while Liverpool have also been linked with the forward.
Saint-Maximin has attracted interest from a number of sides after impressing for Nice this season, with six goals and three assists in his 34 Ligue 1 appearances for the French side.
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Roy Hodgson is reportedly looking to strengthen his attacking options amid speculation that Wilfried Zaha will leave the club this summer, and Saint-Maximin could be a potential replacement for the Ivorian.
The winger came through the ranks at St Etienne and joined Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco in 2015, before having loan spells with Hannover and SC Bastia respectively.
Nice then signed the winger for a fee in the region of €10million in 2017, and the French Under-21 international has made 73 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Four other potential replacements for Zaha
Benrahma has enjoyed an excellent season for Brentford in the Championship this season, and tops the charts for most assists created in the league this campaign with 14. The 23-year-old has also scored 10 times and would certainly add a creative flair to Palace’s attack.
Another bright Ligue 1 prospect, Ikone’s performances for LOSC Lille have gone under the radar somewhat due to the form of Nicolas Pepe this season, but the 21-year-old has looked impressive with three goals and nine assists to his name in 38 appearances. Palace may have to table a very attractive offer to both Lille and Ikone, however, after their second place finish in Ligue 1 this season.
Jony has been in fine form for Deportivo Alaves in La Liga this season with five goals and 10 assists, and the Malaga loanee could be available this summer should his parent club fail to get promoted back to Spain’s top flight.
Rodrigo De Paul
De Paul scored nine and assisted eight goals for Udinese in Serie A this season to help his side avoid relegation, and is another who would add strength and creativity to Palace’s attacking options in the absence of Zaha.