Meet the ‘next Jamie Vardy’ Crystal Palace are keen to sign

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New Eagles boss Sam Allardyce is considering a £500,00 bid for Motherwell sensation Louise Moult, in the hope of turning him into the next Jamie Vardy, writes Sam May.

The former Three Lions boss, who replaced Alan Pardew last month, has watched the former Stoke youth player on a number of occasions. He was released by the Potters at the age of 18 and has gone on to resurrect his career.

Moult, 24, was previously playing for non-league side Nuneaton three seasons, before signing for Wrexham and then joining Motherwell for £150,000. After failing to make the grade at both Stoke, Northampton and Halifax, he went onto work as a builder’s labourer, but his dream of becoming a pro became a reality in 2015.

Since joining the Scottish Premiership side, Moult has netted 28 times in 59 appearances for Mark McGhee’s side, including 11 this season. Cardiff, Derby, Burton and Rotherham have all expressed an interest in the prolific striker who was born in Burslem, Stoke, but Palace are said to be winning the race to sign him.

Ahead of the 2016–17 season, Moult he had been playing with a groin injury. Following an away match against Annan Athletic in the Scottish League Cup on July 23 2016, in which he scored twice in a 3–1 win, Moult underwent surgery. He scored on his return as Motherwell drew 1–1 away to Ross County on September 10 2016. Later, he scored four times as Motherwell won 4–2 against Hamilton Academical in the Lanarkshire derby.

Allardyce is set to take a gamble on the forward in hope Moult can make a similar impact in the top flight to Vardy, who spent years in the non-league game. Being a versatile player he can play in centre midfield or as a secondary striker, not just as a centre forward.

He has a contract with Motherwell until June 30 2018.

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