Needing a striker after cancelling the loan of Liverpool ‘s Taiwo Awoniyi, KAA Gent turned their attention to the Premier League once again in January and plucked Alexander Sørloth from Crystal Palace until the end of the campaign.
The Norwegian forward, who can also play on the wing, struggled to have an impact at Selhurst Park following his transfer from FC Midtjylland in January 2018, and first-team football was needed to help continue his development.
Since arriving in Belgium, Sørloth has scored four goals in 11 appearances, as well as picking up two assists, and there are hints Gent could be interested in trying to make the deal permanent.
Speaking to RTBF, Gent technical director Michel Louwagie said: “Sørloth should, in principle, leave us, but in football, things change everyday. Today, he isn’t staying, but maybe tomorrow he will be. We still have to talk about it”.
Considering there is no option to buy in the deal taking the Norwegian starlet to Belgium until the end of the season, any negotiation regarding a permanent transfer between the Jupiler Pro League side and Crystal Palace would have to start from scratch.
Furthermore, the Eagles paid £8.1m for Sørloth in the first place, meaning they’ll likely want that amount back if they are to let him go.