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Chamakh injury to see Crystal Palace bid for strikers

| 01.09.2014

Crystal Palace are to up their hunt for new strikers after losing Marouane Chamakh through injury.

The Eagles star has been sidelined for up to four weeks after injuring a hamstring in training, leaving the south London side short of attacking options.

New Palace manager Neil Warnock has already been linked for moves for Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick and Leicester forward Chris Woods but the Moroccan’s injury means further bids could now be made.

Reports suggest Warnock will now check on the availability of Wolverhampton’s Kevin Doyle and weigh up an opportunity to sign Sochaux striker Cedric Bakumbu.

The Frenchman has been offered to the Selhurst Park club for around £2m after being deemed surplus to requirements by Sochaux manager Olivier Echouafni.

The 23-year-old has hit just 21 goals in over 100 Ligue 1 appearances but with 18 of those strikes coming over the past two seasons Warnock could well be tempted to take a punt on the 2010 European Under-19 Football Championship winner.

Doyle is a more experienced campaigner with 118 career goals to his name but the 30-year-old would represent more of a short term option for Palace.

Palace are currently among the favourites for relegation at 8/5 but that price should disappear if Warnock can sign one of more of the strikers linked with moves to south London.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.