Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has made an offer to Sochaux for striker Cedric Bakambu, who has also attracted interest from Newcastle United.

Sky Sports reports that the 22-year-old is available for around £3 million, although the Magpies are interested in the Frenchman as well.

However, with the arrival of Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere earlier this week, Palace look to be the frontrunners in this chase.

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Interest

Newcastle and Crystal Palace both showed an interest in Bakambu last season, but nothing materialised. However with Sochaux being relegated from Ligue 1 last season it seems the forward is itching to move away.

The 23-year-old former French U21 international has been targeted by Standard, but they have seen a £1.5 million bid rejected by Sochaux with the club valuing the player at around the £3 million area.

Versatile 

A centre-forward by trade, Bakambu is being used on the right flank by coach Hervé Renard, a position and a role he's working hard to adapt to. But in order to force Renard's hand and secure a move back to his preferred position, the 22-year-old needs to become more consistent - and he knows it.

His goalscoring record of 21 goals in 103 appearances may not be all that impressive but that could definitely change if he is to have more chances up top.

Improving

Strong, fast and talented, Bakambu has been on the Sochaux books since the age of 15 and has been a first-team regular for the past 12 months, top-scoring for Les Lionceaux last season with seven league goals and scoring four in his first 14 appearances this term.

A European champion with France at Under-19 level, Bakambu showed tremendous at an early age but perhaps a lack of confidence due to the small amount of game time as a striker may have been holding him back.

However, the 22-year-old endured his best season at the club last campaign, but it wasn't enough to save his team from relegation. The Frenchman showed his potential as a striker, and if he gets the opportunities at either Newcastle or Crystal Palace, he could be a great goalscoring addition to their squad.

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