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Crystal Palace transfer news: Roy Hodgson lining up shock move for ex-AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino

The Eagles are on the hunt for a forward after star man Christian Benteke was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury

Roy Hodgson is lining up a shock move for ex-AC Milan star Alberto Gilardino to solve his sides crisis up top.

Crystal Palace are yet to score in seven Premier League games this season, and the Eagles boss could turn to the veteran forward to solve their woes.

Crystal Palace are eyeing up a potential move for Alberto Gilardino

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Crystal Palace are eyeing up a potential move for Alberto Gilardino

The former AC Milan forward is currently a free agent after leaving Pescara

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The former AC Milan forward is currently a free agent after leaving Pescara

The London club have been rocked by the news that Christian Benteke has been ruled out for SIX weeks with a knee injury.


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Back-up striker Connor Wickham is still weeks away from being fit for contention as he battles his own knee problem.

While Frazier Campbell was allowed to depart Selhurst Park in the summer, leaving wingers Wilfried Zaha or Bakary Sako as viable options up front.

And according to ESPN, Palace are now eyeing up a short-term deal for free agent Gilardino.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since leaving Pescara at the end of last campaign, and would jump at the chance for a new chapter in the Premier League.

Earlier this summer, the Italian had a trial with MLS side Montreal Impact, but was not offered a contract by the Canadian club.

The Eagles could move for the Italian as Christian Benteke has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury

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The Eagles could move for the Italian as Christian Benteke has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury

Alberto Gilardino was part of the Italian squad that won the World Cup in 2006

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Alberto Gilardino was part of the Italian squad that won the World Cup in 2006

Gilardino has spent almost his entire career in Italy, barring one season playing in China with Guangzhou Evergrande.

He is ninth on the list of all-time Serie A top goalscorers with 188 goals in 514 top-flight appearances.

However he failed to score for either Empoli or Pescara last season.

With Milan he was part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2007, while he also has a Chinese Super League winners medal.

His most impressive accolade is winning the World Cup in 2006 where he netted once in Germany.