February 1, 2018 / 5:37 AM / 4 months ago

Palace sign striker Sorloth on deadline day

(Reuters) - Crystal Palace have signed striker Alexander Sorloth from Denmark’s Midtjylland on a four-and-a-half-year contract on transfer deadline day, increasing competition for their misfiring Belgium target man Christian Benteke.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - San Marino v Norway - San Marino Stadium, San Marino - October 5, 2017 Norway's Alexander Sorloth in action REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Sorloth has scored 15 goals in 26 games this season, while Benteke has managed only two so far, including the opener in Palace’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Tuesday.

“It’s a big club with ambition, a good club who takes good care of its players,” Sorloth said. “It feels amazing, it’s a dream come true to play in the Premier League. I’ve dreamt about this since I was six years old.”

The 22-year-old will don the number nine shirt for Palace, who host Newcastle United in the league on Sunday.

Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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