PALACE: EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR AND MAROUANE CHAMAKH TO LEAVE THIS SUMMER

Crystal Palace have announced that the duo of Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh would depart from the club during the summer.

Their contracts are set to expire at the end of this month but the club said it will not renew it.

The Togolese international joined for a short time in January but Palace have opted not to offer the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur striker a renewal after he scored just one goal in 15 appearances. On the other hand, Chamakh has an injury-plagued season. He has only managed to score 10 goals in 66 appearances since joining from Arsenal three years ago.

Palace is set to replace them with younger African forwards with better prospects. Alan Pardew is looking at Khouma Babacar and Cedric Bakambu. Babacar. Babacar, who is 23 years old, plays for Fiorentina has been compared to a young Didier Drogba while Bakambu is two years older and plays for Villarreal.

Senegal’s Babacar has the physical build to support Connor Wickham as he has a very bad injury record that requires protection. Babacar himself missed the end of last season with a torn thigh muscle. Bakumbu is different in that he is smaller, more mobile and has a decent goals’ record as he netted scored 22 goals in La Liga for Villarreal. His team-mate Eric Bailly joined The Red Devils for £32million recently.

Emmanuel Adebayor might remain club less as he was in the first half of the season before he joined Palace. Palace released the players as they are keen to improve their standings as they placed 15th last season though they reached the final of the FA Cup where they lost to Manchester United. Palace gave the players up on a free transfer after they decided they wanted fresher legs that what the 32-year olds could offer.

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