Palace’s Defensive Transfer Options Are Diminishing Every Day

0 Posted by - July 29, 2015 - News

With Crystal Palace formalising their interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams yesterday, the Welsh outfit have now turned away our advances and suggested that they will reject any further offers, according to Wales Online.

Eagles boss Alan Pardew had been linked with a £10 million for the powerful Swans defender, but after a few weeks of speculation, Garry Monk and co. have moved to completely douse the flames surrounding their captain’s potential departure, stating that Williams is not for sale at any price.

Whilst much of this is a show of strength from Swansea, it does seem a tad ridiculous to categorically state that the centre-back won’t be leaving The Liberty Stadium, with every player on the planet having a price, but, given the fact that the new league season is just around the corner, it is at least a definitive denial of interest, rather than a moment of bartering over the necessary sum.

In reality, a move for Williams always looked to be unrealistic, with every Swansea fan laughing off talk of him leaving with a well-rehearsed eye roll and a knowing sigh, after seeing off interest from the likes of Arsenal in the past, but with the imposing defender now past 30, a big fee may have been enough to sway the Swans into letting him go.

Now, we can firmly readjust our sights on other defensive targets, with an emphasis placed upon the time it will take us to find a new man, given the fact that Premier League football will resume in just 10 days.

We’d all have loved to see Ashley Williams lining up alongside Scott Dann in August, but for now, Garry Monk and his board are standing firm, and that should be respected.

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  • Spiceboy July 29, 2015 - 6:47 pm Reply

    Surely van dijk or a loan move for the Chelsea youngster ( if they get stones) would be more than adequate cover. I’m still annoyed that a centre back wasn’t top of our shopping list a bit poor from Pardew on this front. I still say chuck 10 million at a centre back & 12 mil plus goodie for Austin then our business & team will look good. Where the hell has all the sky money gone? Thought Pardew had a war chest? No disrespect but 15 million on two players to date is hardly a war chest more like loose change.

    • Richard Glen July 30, 2015 - 12:49 am Reply

      I agree with Spiceboy!!Someone for once is making a strong point about our transfer dealings or lack off!!?Just where are the signings???

  • Neil Davidson July 29, 2015 - 7:18 pm Reply

    I am surprised that CPFC did not accept that Ashley Williams was not going to leave Swansea months ago. It is like CPFC own position with their best players. Both the boards of Swansea FC and CPFC have the same objectives and that is to keep their best ones in order to challenge and compete in the top 10 of the premier league. AW would have been a good acquisition but he was only going to be an old stop gap player. The price of which should have had lead to better judgement from the press and maybe CPFC if they were serious in bring him into the club. Forget about AW he is now old news. I hope this comment helps the SEO and ratings for the news and media outlets.

  • Sharpy July 30, 2015 - 7:47 am Reply

    I’m totally gob smacked at these comments !! Our signings so far have been first class including getting Scott Dan’s new deal which is as good as a new signing. With the defenders we have its going to be very hard to get a player that will be an improvement. The money’s there that’s the easy bit let’s see what happens, I would rather see a class forward than a centre back anyway.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte oh oh oh July 30, 2015 - 9:16 am Reply

      I agree, we have broken our transfer record and also signed a very promising keeper and striker. Not a spending spree but certainly an exciting transfer window. There is still another month left so people need to calm down and even if we don’t sign anyone the squad does look good.

      Personally thought James Chester was too small and injury prone to partner Dann and Williams is class but expensive for his age. Van Dijk, Zouma or one of those young bundasliga defenders like Brooks, Rudiger or Matip, everyone else seems to be linked with them so why not us?

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