Jean-Philippe Mateta seals Crystal Palace loan transfer in move that could see Benteke and Batshuayi leave club
JEAN-PHILIPPE MATETA fulfilled his childhood dream by joining Crystal Palace.
The French striker, 23, always wanted to play in the Premier League since he was a young boy growing up in Paris.
Now he has his chance after joining the Eagles on an 18-month loan from Mainz – with an option to make the move permanent.
Mateta said: “I’m very happy to come to Crystal Palace and I look forward to training.
"Playing in the Premier League was my dream when I was a child.
"Now I can play, I will show the fans of Crystal Palace what I can do.”
Mateta netted ten goals in 17 appearances for Bundesliga side Mainz earlier this season.
Palace will be hoping Mateta can ease Wilfried Zaha's goalscoring burden.
Zaha leads the Eagles' scoring charts with eight this term – with Christian Benteke next best on three.
The Belgian could be one of two forwards out of the Selhurst Park door in the summer if Mateta impresses.
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Palace's £32million record signing Benteke, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and has netted just 26 goals in 126 matches.
His compatriot Michy Batshauyi, 27, has failed to impress during his loan spell from Chelsea.
He is yet to score a Premier League goal for the Eagles this season.
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