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Dutch striker wanted by Owls shares soft spot for Crystal Palace as he eyes move

Reported Sheffield Wednesday target Sydney van Hooijdonk sees his future in the Premier League and identifies Crystal Palace as a good club to join, Voetbalzone report.

The NAC Breda striker has been in fine form this season, scoring eight goals in 12 games.

Van Hooijdonk is the son of former Nottingham Forest man Pierre van Hooijdonk. He is of similar stature, standing at 6ft 2inch while adopting a very similar free-kick technique.

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According to a recent report by Sky Sports transfer centre (Dec 5, 2020, at 18:06), Sheffield Wednesday and Forest are among the clubs keen on him ahead of January.

Van Hooijdonk, meanwhile, admits he would welcome a move to England. Speaking to reporters in October, he surprisingly named Crystal Palace as a potential future employer.

“I believe it will be possible [to play in England] if I keep scoring so easily. I just love the Premier League. It’s fine if I don’t get there until my thirtieth birthday, it doesn’t have to go fast. In terms of the big teams there I like Liverpool, but I also enjoy Crystal Palace and clubs from the Championship. As long as the club really lives with the supporters, like it does with NAC. I absolutely don’t want to play for a boring club. That just doesn’t suit me.”

Van Hooijdonk, 20, has plenty of potential going forward.

The Owls have been desperately short of goals this season. Tony Pulis’s arrival has prompted in a greater intensity and shape, but lack of goals remain a problem.

Wednesday have picked up just three points in six games since Garry Monk’s exit.

Pulis has made no secret of his desire to strengthen Wednesday’s attacking options in January. A new wide player and striker will top the club’s transfer wish-list.

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Van Hooijdonk’s contract with NAC expires in 2021. He could be a potential bargain option should Breda wish to cash in rather than lose him for free next summer.

Palace, meanwhile, are also short on attacking options. While Van Hooijdonk may not be in their line of sight right now, he could be a decent long-term option for the Eagles.

Also see: Report claims top-flight club’s January stance on £10m striker wanted by Owls and Blades

Also see: Report: Owls and Forest rival Championship club for young striker with ‘special’ qualities

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