Experienced Italian forward Alberto Gilardino is a shock transfer target for Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, according to ESPN.

The striker, who was part of his country’s World Cup winning side in 2006, is currently without a club having left Pescara at the end of last season.

Christian Benteke’s knee injury is likely to keep him out for six weeks and this has increased speculation that the Eagles will look to bring in a replacement.

They started with winger Bakary Sako up front in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United, before replacing him on 74 minutes with Freddie Ladapo, who was making his first appearance for the Londoners since signing from non-league Margate in 2016.

Gilardino is 35 years of age and featured 19 times last term for Pescara and Empoli, but found the net just once.

His record in Serie A throughout his career is excellent; the former AC Milan and Fiorentina star stands as one of the top-ten goalscorers of all time in the competition with 188 strikes to his name.

Capped 57 times by Italy, the pinnacle of his international career came at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, playing in five matches as the Azzurri lifted the trophy for the fourth time.

However, there are inevitably questions to be asked as to whether the veteran is still capable of having an impact at the highest level.

Palace have endured a terrible start to the campaign, losing each of their first seven Premier League matches without scoring a goal.

Frank de Boer was sacked as manager after only four league games but replacement Roy Hodgson has had little success in turning their form around.

The Eagles’ tasks do not get any easier and they will welcome champions Chelsea to Selhurst Park after the international break.

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  1. Well Alberto Gilardino, Cheick Diabate and Giuseppe Rossi I think would be good choices for Crystal Palace at the moment! we must get at least 2 out of the 3 I think is needed seeing we got rid of 2 strikers at the end of last season.

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