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Crystal Palace close in on £15m move for Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar

• Senegal striker likely to be one of four January recruits for Palace
• Getafe’s Vicente Guaita and Lille’s Ibrahim Amadou also on shopping list

Crystal Palace are hopeful of securing Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina as Roy Hodgson seeks to add a striker to the ranks, with the Senegalese likely to be one of up to four recruits who should ease the club’s injury crisis.

Hodgson has made no secret of the fact the squad he inherited in September was imbalanced, with Palace boasting only Christian Benteke as a recognised striker and only two senior goalkeepers. The pursuit of Getafe’s No 1 Vicente Guaita has been complicated by the Spanish club’s refusal to sell despite the player saying he made an agreement with the president which permitted him to discuss a move to suitors offering more than €4m. Palace are understood to have bid accordingly and hope to secure the former Valencia player, despite the possibility of a legal dispute.

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