If you’ve made a concerted effort to steer clear of any Palace related transfer speculation until now but are starting to get itchy feet, the feature below does a very good job of getting you up to speed.
With the start of July on the horizon, the murmurings of discontent over Palace’s lack of transfer acitivy to date have been getting steadily louder amongst the Eagles’ faithful, but there is still hope that once the window opens in a few days time, we will begin to hear concrete news of player pursuits from inside the corridors of power at Selhurst Park.
Whilst last summer proved to be a relatively fruitful period for player arrivals in SE25, the lack of business done in January of 2016, followed by an embarrassing collapse of form in the months that followed, has left many of a red and blue persuasion desperate to see the club take an openly proactive approach to the task of player recruitment in the build up to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Thanks to the bumper new TV deal that is being paid to all 20 participants in the English top flight over the next nine months, not to mention the added financial muscle offered by the arrival in the boardroom of US billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer, there is seemingly no reason for the current board to count the pennies when it comes to negotiating the deals that will hopefully allow us to aim for a top half finish over the course of the impending league season.
The bar was set at a relatively high level last summer thanks to the signing of PSG and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, but with that deal having been aided significantly by Alan Pardew’s personal connection with the former Newcastle man, it looks as though Palace will have to work twice as hard at the negotiating table if they are to land one or two players of his calibre this time around.
Our appearance and subsequent late heartbreak in last season’s FA Cup Final may have aided our cause in the pursuit of new signings, given the exposure the showpiece fixture receives across the globe to this day, but for now, the above feature on the club’s transfer targets is as good a tool as anything that has come before it in deciphering exactly who Alan Pardew and co. are after this summer.