Premier League Duo Stalk Barca Ace

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Just a year after moving to the Camp Nou, Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer is on the verge of a swift exit in search of first team football.

The 24-year-old is frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities with the Catalan, according to talkSPORT. Alcacer made 31 appearances since joining in a €30m deal in August 2016, scoring eight goals. A frequent substitute, he at least had the satisfaction of netting the third and decisive goal in the 2017 Copa Del Rey final win over Alaves.

Firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, Crystal Palace are one of two Premier League sides named as suitors for the Spanish international. Without a goal to their name in the top flight this season, Roy Hodgson’s men are desperate for a proven goalscorer to save them from an ignominious end to their stay in English football’s elite.

Alcacer with 43 goals in 124 appearances for Valencia, has the track record Palace are looking for but Southampton are also interested in the Torrent-born striker. Sitting in mid-table, the Saints haven’t made much of an impression under former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Murmurings of discontent have surfaced in the St Mary’s crowd as Southampton continue to struggle in front of goal. One goal in the last five games in all competitions has seen the odds on Pellegrino’s dismissal shorten considerably.

Having wrecked his Alaves dream, is Alcacer now Pellegrino’s saviour?