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Palace & Newcastle Linked With Move For French Striker

It is being reported that Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu remains a top target for Tony Pulis this summer, after being linked with a move for him throughout the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old has managed just seven goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances this season, but continues to impress scouts with his overall performances. A strong dribbler, Bakambu likes to get the ball at his feet and run at defenders, and as such, can also be effective when playing on the right-hand side of an attacking midfield alongside a central striker.

Valued at around £3 million, there is now no doubt over whether the club could afford to make a move for the Frenchman in the coming months, although if the papers are to be believed, we could face competition from Newcastle, whose head of recruitment Graham Carr has been impressed with Bakambu too and is supposedly keen on adding to the already heavy French influence on Tyneside.

It is almost certain that a reinforcement of attacking options will take place before the new season begins, but with such a wealth of choice available to us, it could be some time until we know for sure who our real targets will be.

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Scott Dann: “We Want To Turn On The Style Against City”

Scott Dann has been a huge hit with the Palace fans since joining during the January transfer window. Slotting in next to Damien Delaney in the heart of our back four with ease, the former Blackburn man has proven to be every inch the battling defender Tony Pulis spoke of when the signing was first announced.

Following on from our fifth consecutive Premier League victory on Saturday, Dann spoke to the Croydon Advertiser, outlining the squad’s plan to end the season in style.

“It’s a massive achievement and something we take great pride in.

“That was the thing we wanted to do at West Ham, having won four on the bounce and got to the 40-point mark.

“We were probably safe but we didn’t want the season to fizzle out and we want to get as points on the board.

“We were unfortunate not to get some points on the board in the games before this run, so we knew if we could take a chance when it came and get ourselves in front, we’d have a good chance to win games.

“Fortunately that has happened in recent weeks and we’ve gone on from strength to strength.

“To end up winning five in a row and ending it at places like Upton Park and Goodison Park, it makes it that every bit special.

“We wanted to get to that 40-point mark and going to West Ham, we weren’t just going to let the season go away.

“It’s about going as far as we can. Winning five on the bounce has brought a lot more confidence and we have threats going forward.

“We will be doing our utmost to continue that. Each game brings its own toughness and we know it will be against City this weekend and then Liverpool the following week.

“If there was a time where we want to go in and put in a good performance, it’s now.

“The lads are all buzzing, the fans are buzzing and we want to keep it going as long as we can.”

Although there are a host of candidates that spring to mind within an instant, Dann’s performances have led some to the conclusion that he should be considered in the conversation for our Player of the Year. Admittedly, he’s not been an ever-present member of the side throughout the entire campaign, but in truth his performances until now are good enough for him to warrant serious consideration.

With our defence being a source of such pride in recent months, there are few who would begrudge him the recognition, and with preparations already beginning in earnest for next season, he can look forward to continuing what is already a blossoming partnership with Damien Delaney for a few more years to come.

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