£100m-backed London rivals want to sign Chelsea striker in January transfer window

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Crystal Palace became slighter lighter up front earlier this week when Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford returned to Stamford Bridge to end his frustrating stint at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles are now looking to fill the void left by Bamford, with another Chelsea forward tipped as a likely candidate to replace the 22-year-old.

According to The Sun, Palace – fresh from getting almost £100m of investment from American tycoons Josh Harris and David Blitzer in November – are set to splash the cash in January.

The Sun suggest that Chelsea’s Loic Remy and Queens Park Rangers frontman Charlie Austin are the two men at the top of Palace’s wish-list.

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Chelsea may be reluctant to do more business with Palace this season. The Blues were happy to send Bamford across South London to SE25 in the summer, but the two clubs were not really Premier League rivals back then. They are now!

Palace, who won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in late August, will end 2015 fifth in the table – 11 points ahead of Chelsea. As a result, the Blues will probably have to leapfrog Palace if they are to qualify for European football next term.

Remy, 28, has scored three goals in 14 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season, but he has only started three matches.

Meanwhile, Austin, 26, has netted 10 times in 16 Championship outings – 10 of which have been as a starter.

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