As per a report from the BBC, Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed transfer to Crystal Palace has fallen through.
21-year-old hitman Solanke has been on Liverpool’s books since last summer, when he made the move to Anfield from Chelsea for £3 million.
However, despite having arrived on Merseyside with hefty expectations on his young shoulders, Solanke has since struggled to impress.
Across 21 Premier League appearances last season (5 starts), the English youth international managed just a solitary goal.
And the current campaign has proven an even more difficult affair for Solanke. The youngster is yet to make a competitive Liverpool appearance to this point in the season.
Crystal Palace interest
As such, he was widely expected to depart Anfield on loan this month, in search of regular first-team football.
And, after Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the interest of the Eagles in Solanke’s signature over the weekend, reports quickly began to emerge that the Chelsea youth product was closing on a move to Selhurst Park:
‘It’s no secret he’s a target. He’s a proven goalscorer through all the age groups.’
‘He’s someone with the profile we’re looking for, and the ability we are looking for.’
‘A striker who is available straight away’
However, as per the aforementioned update from the BBC this evening, Solanke’s Palace switch has fallen through.
This is due to concerns over the striker’s fitness:
‘Solanke was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.’
‘Palace need a striker who is available to play straight away.’
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 2, 2019