Alan Pardew speaks about Spurs' £15m move for Wilfried Zaha and makes serious revelation
Published 26/08/2016 | 11:20
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that winger Wilfried Zaha tried, and failed, to leave the London club.
The Eagles will be reluctant to let another winger leave having already lost Yannick Bolasie to Everton.
However, it appears the 23-year-old approached Pardew after Tottenham had lodged their £15m bid.
“Wilf came to see me and said Spurs were interested and could he go. Chairman has put full stop on that happening," Pardew said.
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."