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Crystal Palace’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman simply must do one thing during this January transfer window.

The Eagles have two players on their books who, quite frankly, aren’t earning their astronomical wages at Selhurst Park right now.

The duo in question are Mamadou Sakho and Max Meyer.

Coincidentally, the pair have been linked with moves away from south London recently.

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Nice-Matin (via the Daily Mail) revealed that Sakho is close to joining OGC Nice, which would see him return to his native France.

In Meyer’s case, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (via GGFN) state that FC Köln are interested in the Germany international.

For a club of Palace’s size, players earning a significant wage need to pull their weight, and the duo simply aren’t.

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Meyer has played just 90 minutes of first-team football this season, which came in the Carabao Cup against Bournemouth.

With Sakho, Roy Hodgson has given him just four Premier League appearances this term.

Additionally, The Athletic said the Frenchman has clashed with his manager.

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Most concerning is the fact that the pair of them cost Palace £11.7 million-a-year on their current terms.

Spotrac states that the former Schalke 04 maestro earns £125,000-a-week in SE25, whereas the ex-Liverpool colossus earns £100,000-a-week.

Wages of that magnitude could potentially be spent on acquiring three or four up-and-coming new signings.

Whatever Freedman does this month, he needs to offload the pair to free up almost a quarter of a million a week in wages.

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