Crystal Palace set to keep Jean-Philipe Mateta as contract talks planned with striker

Crystal Palace are expected to keep striker Jean-Philipe Mateta after his 22 minute hat-trick away at Plymouth in the Carabao Cup.

The 26-year-old helped seal a 4-2 win over the Championship side on Tuesday as Odsonne Edouard netted the other goal.

The Eagles are ready to discuss a new contract for Mateta, who will see his current deal expire in 2026.

Officials had sounded out Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, but have since moved away from pursuing out-and-out strikers in favour of more versatile forward options.

RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund expressed an interest in Mateta over the last month, with Leipzig having a loan bid and a £7million permanent offer rejected.

Wilfried Zaha’s summer exit on a free transfer to Galatasaray remains a blow to Roy Hodgson’s plans, but keeping Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise and Cheick Doucoure is a major boost for the south London club.

Palace have also added Manchester United’s Dean Henderson to early summer signings Jefferson Lerma and Matheus Franca.