Swansea and Crystal Palace are both reportedly in contention to sign striker Cedric Bakambu from French side Sochaux, according to Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old quoted on Sky Sports website as telling France Football:
“I have offers, notably from Freiburg in Germany and in England from Swansea. I am hesitating between the two.”
“I’m at an age where I need to play. Crystal Palace are also interested, I think it will be between those three (Swansea, Crystal Palace and Freiburg).”
With interest from these three clubs as well as others, Bakambu looks to be an exciting prospect who could yet find his way to the Premier League. The striker scored seven goals in 23 starts for Sochaux last season.
Neil Warnock has been announced as the Crystal Palace manager so it is hard to judge for the time being if he holds the same esteem for the player as the club apparently do.
On the other hand Swansea could be looking to add more back up to Wilfried Bony, who is Garry Monk’s preferred option up front. Bafétimbi Gomis is another option but he has been on the bench for Swansea’s opening two league games.
There could be deemed an over reliance on Bony at Swansea especially when considering that he scored 16 of Swansea’s 54 league goals last season. The Swans also ended up finishing the season with just 42 points, which in any other year could have brought Swansea closer to relegation than their 12th place finish reflects.
Crystal Palace look to be pretty solid going forward this season with the signing of Frazier Campbell. The London club also have Dwight Gayle who put in some good performances last season and scored a hatrrick in Tuesday night’s Carling Cup clash with Walsall. Add to this Marouane Chamakh and Palace could have a worse strike force facing into another season where they are tipped to finish in the lower echelons of the Premier League.
Swansea look to be the team in more need of a new forward option but either team could do with a goalscorer in such high demand.
Bakambu could still go to a club outside of England but he will be pleased with the knowledge that if he is to move to the Premier League he will join one of two teams that could do with the assistance of another goalscorer in their side.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.