With two weeks left until the transfer window closes, Palace fans have been sent into something of a tailspin by the mountainous levels of speculation regarding new arrivals in SE25. Luckily, the piece attached below from the always reliable Dominic Fifield summarises it all perfectly.
After seeing Yannick Bolasie complete his £25 million move to Everton yesterday, Palace fully expect former club captain Mile Jedinak to follow suit this afternoon, with a £4 million switch to Aston Villa having been on the cards for just over a week at the time of writing.
With Pardew having already suggested that he was after at least two strikers following our defeat to West Brom last Saturday, Palace’s status as an active purchaser in the final days of this summer’s transfer window has become an absolute certainty, having heard Pardew speak of the need for both Bolasie and Jedinak to be replaced in a like for like fashion if we are to retain any semblance of balance throughout the first-team squad.
Given the bumper new TV deal which has lined the pockets of Premier League clubs across the country in recent months, the availability of funds was never a feasible concern but now, thanks to the sales of Bolasie, Gayle, Alex McCarthy and the soon to be departed Jedinak, Steve Parish and his fellow board members are roughly £20 million better off than they were at the start of the window once you factor in the signings of Townsend, Tomkins and Mandanda.
The ensuing free-for-all has seen all sorts of names thrown into the mix as possible new arrivals at Selhurst Park, but thanks to Fifield’s remarkably detailed summary in The Guardian (attached above) we as supporters don’t have to search high and low for an update on all of them individually.
It’s going to be an incredibly busy fortnight for everyone associated with Crystal Palace FC; let’s just hope we’re happy by the time the window “slams shut” in the always infuriating words of Sky Sports’ Jim White.