Crystal Palace could take a chance on Italian international striker Giampaolo Pazzini in the upcoming January transfer window, after AC Milan deemed the 30-year-old surplus to requirements at the San Siro.
The Italian giants have had the frontman on their books since August of 2012, when he signed from their bitter rivals Inter in a deal which saw Antonio Cassano and a sizeable amount of money (believed to be around £7.5 million) going to the blue and black side of Milan as compensation for their loss.
Having begun his career with Atalanta in 2003, Pazzini has gone on to net 134 goals in 398 games to date, with a record of 19 in 67 appearances for his current club. After drawing comparisons to Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi in the early stages of his time there, the striker has seem himself drop out of the spotlight to an extent, with a move to England with Crystal Palace seen as a potentially great move for all parties, should he manage to settle well into life outside of Italy.
With 25 full international caps to his name, Pazzini undoubtedly has the pedigree to interest even the most cautious of onlookers, despite the recent difficulties he’s faced with Milan, and given Neil Warnock’s desperate search for a goalscorer to build the team around in the remaining months of the season, the Italian may prove to be the perfect fit for our needs.
Although AC Milan appear more than happy to let him leave the club, it seems that they would rather not have to face him at any stage between now and the end of the current league season, looking towards the Premier League as the perfect destination for Pazzini, as he looks to reignite the spark that saw him attract such interest just three years ago.
Would you take a chance on the Italian, or continue to look elsewhere?