Borussia Dortmund interested in Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta

Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are interested in Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta as they look for a backup striker for Sébastien Haller. 

Dortmund are looking for an extra striker that plays in a similar manner to Romelu Lukaku and will compete with Haller and Youssoufa Moukoko for the striker position. This will be even more important in January when Haller is likely to travel with the Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Mateta is currently the third-choice striker at Palace and can leave the club for €8m. The 26-year-old has experience in the Bundesliga having played 71 times for Mainz and scoring 21 times for the club during his 3-year spell.

It is clear that despite his performances at the beginning of last season when Haller was out, Dortmund does not view Moukoko as reliant to lead the line by himself. This is similar to what happened last season when the club signed Anthony Modeste, only for the 18-year-old to outshine the Frenchman. 

Moukoko tailed off after the World Cup and was not as effective with most of his appearances coming off of the bench once Haller returned to full fitness. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan





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