Crystal Palace have completed the signing of French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan from German club, Mainz.
The deal for the Frenchman, 23, comes with an option to buy.
“I’m very happy to come to Palace and I look forward to training. Playing in the Premier League was my dream when I was a child. Now I can play, I will show the fans of Crystal Palace what I can do,” Mateta told the club’s website.
Palace chairman, Steve Parish, said the club had followed the development of Mateta, who began his career at French third-tier side Chateroux before joining Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais.
“He’s a player that is full of potential with a proven goal-scoring record,” Parish said.
“And his signing reiterates our commitment to ensuring we have a well-balanced squad in terms of youth and experience for the seasons ahead.”
Mateta, who had a loan spell at Le Havre before moving to Mainz in 2018, scoring 27 goals for the German club in 71 games, will give Hodgson another option in attack as his side have struggled for goals this season.