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Thursday 29 September 2016

Crystal Palace planning late movement in transfer window

Published 26/08/2016 | 10:01

Alan Pardew still has transfer targets in his sights
Alan Pardew still has transfer targets in his sights

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew hopes to bring in up to three more new players before the transfer window closes next week.

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It has been a busy summer at Selhurst Park and Pardew expects that to continue up until the deadline at 11pm on Wednesday.

Palace have spent in excess of £50million on winger Andros Townsend, centre-half James Tomkins, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and striker Christian Benteke - who the club broke their transfer record to sign in a deal potentially worth upwards of £27million.

The Eagles recouped around £25million of that following Yannick Bolasie's switch to Everton while Dwight Gayle also departed to Newcastle in a £10million deal.

Following the turnover of players - Emmanuel Adebayor, Marouane Chamakh, Brede Hangeland and Adrian Mariappa have also left - Pardew feels Palace are in a period of transition.

"We've lost our opening two league matches but we've been strong and lost both by set-pieces," said Pardew at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's home game against Bournemouth.

"We're trying to change, a little bit, the way we play and there are signs and I'm hoping that our fans see that. Our fans have been terrific, they understand what we're trying to do.

"We're close with someone else (arriving) at the moment, we're hoping to get that over the line. We're looking to bring in two or three more.

"My chairman has a history of being busy on deadline day and I'm going to mark him tightly (to get some) ins rather than outs.

"We have a fabulous squad here and we're confident of a strong season. I don't want to lean on the excuse of transition or change as a reason for us losing. We're not far away.

"Ultimately when we come out of this period we will be a lot stronger for it. I think in the next three or four weeks we'll be pretty close to what I want to do."

One piece of business Palace are adamant will not be happening is Wilfried Zaha leaving to join Tottenham.

On Thursday the Eagles rejected a £12million offer from Spurs for the 23-year-old winger - a bid chairman Steve Parish called "ridiculous", before going on to reassure Palace fans that Zaha would be "going nowhere - 100 per cent guaranteed.''

Pardew welcomed Parish's stance and insisted he has no problems with the player, despite Zaha asking to leave the club.

He said: "We just reacted to (the bid) and I think we've reacted correctly. I think the chairman's statement says it all.

"I have no problem with Wilf whatsoever, I complete understand what's gone on. He's our player of the year and a player that I see in my plans going forward."

Zaha, therefore, should be involved against Bournemouth but Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley are doubts.

Goalkeeper Hennessey and midfielder Ledley have been struggling with injury this week so Mandanda, who joined from Marseille over the summer, could make his Premier League debut between the posts after making his first appearance for Palace against Blackpool in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Benteke remains short of match fitness and the striker will probably start on the bench.

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