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Brilliant Batshuayi stakes claim for a permanent move to Palace

Michy Batshuayi. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images
Michy Batshuayi. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Michy Batshuayi gave Crystal Palace further cause to make his signing permanent after he scored twice to inspire a 5-3 home victory over Bournemouth.

The striker has impressed on loan from Chelsea. He will now return to Stamford Bridge unless Palace can find what is likely to be a club-record transfer fee.

Batshuayi's 24th-minute strike gave Palace the lead, and his second followed eight minutes later when Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent a low ball across goal that he effortlessly finished.

Then Wilfried Zaha shot and Mark Travers saved but it hit off Jack Simpson and in.

Jefferson Lerma struck for Bournemouth before half-time, and the Cherries were given hope 12 minutes into the second half when Jordon Ibe's shot deflected off Joel Ward and in.

Patrick van Aanholt then hit back for Palace before Joshua King's 73rd-minute strike again narrowed the visitors' deficit.

But Andros Townsend added Palace's fifth seven minutes later.

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