Steve Parish spoke to Holmesdale Radio shortly after the transfer window had closed, giving context to the day’s events in impressive detail.
Voicing the club’s stance on potential moves away for Joe Ledley, Mile Jedinak and Dwight Gayle, the Palace supremo also spoke about the chatter surrounding Charlie Austin after reports surfaced earlier in the day to suggest that the QPR man had turned us down at the last-minute.
As is always the case when Steve speaks to one of the club’s unofficial communication channels, the tone was informal and interesting throughout, giving us all an insight into the goings on throughout the day. Whilst there were no incoming deals done, he did reveal that the club had a fee agreed for Reading’s Michael Hector, before Chelsea barged their way in at the final hour and gazumped us.
In many ways, it’s good to hear the logic behind a number of the club’s decisions, including the call to keep Dwight Gayle on our books, despite a sizeable late offer for his services from Norwich City. Clearly, following the departure of Glenn Murray, the club were reluctant to let Gayle go too, given their inability to source a good enough replacement for him with such little time remaining in the window.
Many of us had come to that conclusion ourselves earlier on in the day, but as always, it’s nice to hear it from the mouth of the man with the power to make these decisions for us on a day-to-day basis.
Whilst we won’t have to endure the stresses of the transfer window for another four months, you can be sure that those inside the football club will be working to identify transfer targets for January from today onwards, as we look to maintain the momentum which sees us sitting in second place after four rounds of Premier League fixtures. As shown in the cases of Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Alex McCarthy, the club’s scouting processes are improving all the time.
Enjoy the interview, it’s well worth a listen.