Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on Benfica winger Ola John at a bargain price after his proposed transfer to PL rivals Swansea fell through last summer…

Palace boss Alan Pardew has met John and confident of securing a deal for the winger who won the league and cup double with Benfica last season. Scoring four goals and providing seven assists in all. That takes the 23-year-old’s medal haul to an impressive eight in his short career so far. He is also now a full Dutch international, having represented his country at every age group level from Under-17 upwards. John has said it is his ‘dream’ to play in the PL and almost signed for Swansea last summer, but the deal fell through at the last moment. Palace look to reap the benefit, but the arrival of another winger will revive talk of last season’s star turn Yannick Bolasie moving on. Bolasie ‘Liked’ a Facebook post linking him with a move to Tottenham at the end of last season and would add £20 million+ to the transfer pot, if Pardew has priorities elsewhere in the team.
Jun 25 - 5:46 AM

The Crystal Palace money-men have put a block on Alan Pardew’s £15 million move for QPR striker Charlie Austin…

Charlie Austin is at the centre of a four-way scramble for his signature between West Ham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Palace. The 25-year-old’s 18 goals for relegated QPR in his first season in the PL attracted plenty of admirers and earned him a call up to the England squad. Where he will ply his trade next season is unclear, but Crystal Palace look to be out of the race with their money men refusing to meet the £15 million transfer fee. Boss Alan Pardew is in the market for a striker and with the pursuit of Chelsea’s Loic Remy going cold, his attention turned to Austin. But with QPR refusing to budge on price it looks a straight fight between West Ham, Newcastle and possible Liverpool.

The fixtures computer has Palace playing three of last season’s top four in the opening five matches…

Palace’s reward for their excellent showing in the PL last season is facing Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham in their opening six matches. But the tough-looking start doesn’t bother assistant boss, Keith Millen. ‘Sometimes it’s good to play the big boys early on in the season. We haven’t been able to get off to a good start in our last two years and if we want to do better than 10th, we’ll have to start well.’ Fans and Fantasy managers shouldn’t be unduly concerned either. The same set of fixtures last season produced 4pts with just four goals conceded. A 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, a 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal, a draw at Tottenham (and clean sheet) and win over City at home (2-1) is not a horror show by any means.
Jun 18 - 8:09 AM

Palace winger Yannick Bolasie sparks a Twitter frenzy among fans by ‘liking’ a tweet linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Bolasie was one of the stars of the excellent second half of the season. Pardew has developed a system to accommodate the maverick talents of Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha - particularly on the road. They scored more away goals Liverpool or Man United and their away record alone would’ve placed them 5th in the table. But Pardew has made no secret of his willingness to sell at the right price, placing a £40 million price tag on Bolasie in April, saying: ‘I’ll take it and we’ll build the team around that money. Every player has his price.’ Whether Bolasie’s price is actually £40 million is questionable and whether Tottenham are willing to pay another question entirely. But it is clear Palace are willing to sell – and Bolasie is evidently willing to go.
Jun 15 - 6:27 AM

Further tests have confirmed Kwesi Appiah will spend around 9 months on the sidelines after the Crystal Palace forward ruptured knee ligaments while on international duty.

Appiah was training ahead of Ghana’s upcoming AFCoN qualifying game versus Mauritius before suffering a serious knee injury. Scan results have now revealed the extent of the problem and the 24 year-old will go under the knife after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament - an injury which will keep Appiah out for the best part of a year. However despite signing for the Eagles from non-league side Margate back in 2012 Appiah is yet to make his BPL bow after loan spells at a number of lower league sides – Aldershot, Yeovil, Cambridge, Notts County and AFC Wimbledon - and it now looks like the striker will need to wait another season before tasting first team football at Selhurst Park.
Jun 13 - 10:16 AM

Crystal Palace are preparing a bid to bring Besiktas striker Demba Ba back to the Premier League.

According to reports by Eurosport Turkey, the former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker could be on his bike again after Besiktas failed to qualify for the Champions League. Of course, Palace won’t offer him that but they can offer the chance to link up with manager Alan Pardew again. Both enjoyed their best spells at Newcastle following Ba’s move from West Ham. Ba hit 29 goals in an 18 month spell, before joining Chelsea in January 2013. After a further 18 months warming the bench at Stamford Bridge, Ba headed to Turkey scoring 18 league goals (28 in all comps). Besiktas finished 3rd, so will play in the Europa League next season which could prompt Demba to get itchy feet once more.
Source: Talksport
Jun 9 - 3:06 PM

John Carver ultimately kept Newcastle up but he wasn't very good during his tenure and that has led to a parting of the ways with the Tyneside club as they prepare to welcome Steve McClaren as their next manager.

Interim managers are always in a difficult position and Carver was in even deeper water as his appointment came on January 26 with only a few days to make any transfers. Throw in Mike Ashley's seeming indifference toward spending on the product on the pitch and it was hard to imagine a scanario where a 65-year-old man who had never managed in the top flight could be successful. He and the club are probably both best served by the break-up with Carver free to find an assistant job where he is most comfortable and Newcastle clearing the decks for Steve McClaren's arrival.
Jun 9 - 1:55 PM

Premier League new boys look to Crystal Palace’s James McArthur to strengthen their midfield.

With Palace boss Alan Pardew eyeing up a reunion with his former Newcastle lynchpin Johan Cabaye, midfielder James McArthur might be surplus to requirements. Norwich manager Alex Neil knows McArthur well from their playing days at Hamilton Accies and will value the steel and energy the Scottish international will add to Norwich’s engine room. McArthur cost Palace £7 million last summer and been a fixture this season (playing 30 matches), so it will command a similar fee to take prize him away. Not the marquee signing the Norwich faithful will be hoping for, but with Hull’s Robbie Brady and Man
Jun 8 - 4:57 AM

Boss targets Newcastle old boys Johan Cabaye and Loic Remy to ‘push Palace on’.

Loic Remy has joined Johan Cabaye in being linked with a reunion with his former Newcastle boss. Earlier this month Pardew told ESPN that Crystal Palace should be competing in the transfer market with the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle in order to ‘push on’. And Cabaye and Remy would certainly be a statement of intent. Cabaye’s career at PSG has stalled and available at around £10. Remy made just nine starts for Chelsea (scoring seven goals) last season, but might think he has shuffled up the pecking order with Drogba retired. Palace have funds available, banking a reported £77 million from their excellent 10th place finish. If the French duo could be persuaded things will be looking up at the Palace.
Jun 7 - 6:38 AM

Wayne Hennessey has been advised to consider leaving Crystal Palace to save his International career.

Former Southampton and Wales number one Paul Jones told the BBC: ‘He needs to be playing. I wouldn’t like to see him sat there for another 12 months. It can only go on so long. He is a quality goalkeeper.’ Hennessey played more games for Wales (five) than he did on the PL (three) last season, with Julian Speroni firmly established as Palace’s first choice. And will again start the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier v Belgium next Friday.
Jun 6 - 7:25 AM

Sundays’ final day win over Swansea City was bitter / sweet for manager Alan Pardew as victory secured the Eagles’ highest ever BPL points tally thanks to a Marouane Chamakh goal before the striker was replaced because of injury.

Chamakh suffered his fourth hamstring strain of an injury affected season – just 15 starts completing 90 minutes on only 5 occasions – and this latest setback is cause for concern as the club assess their options during the close season. Alan Pardew will be keen to stamp his own mark on Palace having joined in January and with funds available discussions will now take place to help identify key areas for investment. Despite a strong finish by Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray Palace are lacking a top quality centre-forward. With Yaya Sanogo returning to Arsenal and Dwight Gayle plus Fraizer Campbell failing to convince, a striker must feature prminently on the Palace wish list if Pardew hopes to build upon this season’s success.
May 25 - 8:06 AM

Crystal Palace ended their season on a winning note, as a goal by Marouane Chamakh would make the difference in a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

It was rather even between the two sides in most statistical categories like possession and chances, but it was Palace who were able to break through for the game's lone goal. It came in the 57th minute when Jason Puncheon sent a free kick into the box, Scott Dann headed it across the face of goal, and Chamakh was able to control it with his chest and smash it home. Swansea didn't have a strong midfield and it made it easy on the Eagles defense. After a four game losing streak that ended earlier in the month, Palace finish strong (10th place) with wins over Liverpool and Swansea.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:33 PM

It was supposed to be a celebration of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career but Crystal Palace spoiled the Anfied party with a 1-3 win.

Well, that was not very nice. Alan Pardew has brought an effective attacking philosophy to Crystal Palace and it was on display again, despite the emotional atmosphere at Anfield, as he rang in five changes to his XI. Jason Puncheon brought the game level just before half with a wicked free kick. Then on the hour mark, newly inserted Wilfried Zaha scored from a Yannick Bolasie cross. Finally, a Lucas foul on Zaha in the area gave a penalty chance to Glenn Murray. His initial shot was saved but he quickly followed up the loose ball to end affairs. The season will end for Palace at home next week against Swansea.
Source: NBC Sports
May 16 - 2:49 PM

Jason Puncheon, scorer of free kick goals in each of the past two weeks, has signed a four year extension that will keep him at Selhurst Park through his age 32 season.

Jason Puncheon has done extremely well under Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park but less so under Neil Warnock. After the player nearly left in January over a falling out with Warnock things have turned around entirely as he has committed his future to the club. Alan Pardew's next priority is to keep Yannick Bolasie as the powerful winger has drawn significant attention with his late-season displays.
Source: espnfc.com
May 16 - 1:30 PM

Jason Puncheon scored a deflected free kick to draw Crystal Palace even temporarily but gave up a late Marouane Fellaini header and dropped a 2-1 decision to Manchester United on Saturday.

After streaking to safety quickly upon Alan Pardew's arrival, Crystal Palace have left supporters wondering how strong they are heading into next season. The loss to United was their fourth on the trot and sees them in danger of falling behind West Brom and former manager Tony Pulis on the season. 13th place isn't a bad result given where they were before Pardew arrived but it is disappointing given their form after his arrival.
Source: espnfc.com
May 9 - 2:28 PM



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