Crystal Palace have signed French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Bundesliga side Mainz on an 18-month loan deal.

"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.

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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.

Mateta had a loan spell at Le Havre before moving to Mainz in 2018, scoring 27 goals for the German club in 71 games.

"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."

Palace, who are 13th in the league, host West Ham United on Tuesday.

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