Full-backs and strikers on Hodgson’s January shopping list

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson wants two strikers and two full-backs in the January transfer window.

The Eagles have struggled to find the net this season and again failed to score after their 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Championship side Derby on Sunday.

Palace are desperately short of cover at right-back and left back with Joel Ward and Patrick van Aanholt out injured.

Hodgson hopes he will be given the funds to boost his injury-stricken side in these key areas of the field this month.

He said: “We’ve said since the summer transfer window we are looking to sign at least one, possibly two strikers and two full-backs. Nothing changes. I said it a year ago, I said it in the summer and I say it again.”

When asked about rumours Palace were interested in Everton’s Turkish forward Cenk Tosun, Hodgson refused to get into transfer speculation. “I’ve no comments to make on potential transfer targets,” he said.

“That will be something which will be happening now, but unless I can say honestly that the thing being put before me has some truth in it, then I’m not prepared to make any comment.”

The former England coach reckons this injury crisis is the worst he’s ever experienced with 11 players currently sidelined.

Jairo Reiderweld and Max Meyer added their names to the walking wounded after being withdrawn against Derby.

“How many injury problems do you need before someone says in actual fact it is very difficult to field a team,” added Hodgson. “Counting those two that makes 11. How many players do we need in our squad to put up what we feel is an equally valid 11 in a game like this?

“I have never known a situation where so many players are long-term injuries. We lost [Mamadou] Sakho in the Norwich game, today we have lost Meyer and Riedewald, who really were covering for other players.”

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