Transfer deadline day: Aubameyang, Giroud, Batshuayi, Mahrez latest – live!

It was only on Monday that Roy Hodgson was making the point that Crystal Palace’s squad has been imbalanced all season and, if the situation was not addressed ahead of this evening’s 11pm cut-off, the window could not be deemed a success. All of which means that Palace are back in familiar territory, seeking to conclude a number of deals as the clock ticks down. They brought Mamadou Sakho in on deadline day in August but failed to secure Oumar Niasse; they must be more productive this time round.

The squad is short of a goalkeeper to challenge Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni, and Getafe’s Vicente Guaita their favoured candidate either today or in the summer. But, with injuries biting deep, are devoid of game-changing options from the bench: the last time Hodgson make a tactical substitution in a league game was to bring on Bakary Sako after an hour at Southampton on 2 January, and the Mali international succumbed to injury at West Ham last night. A striker is desperately required and, after interest in Jordan Hugill unsettled the 25-year-old and persuaded Preston to leave him out of their side for the win at Nottingham Forest, Palace have actually returned with an improved bid for the Midtjylland striker Alexander Sorloth. The 22-year-old is apparently en route from the Danish club’s winter training camp in Dubai to London to undertake a medical.

Thoughts Everton fans? City paid £42m for him but Mangala has not exactly been a roaring success. Is he the man to shore up your defence? Please get in touch.

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