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Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is reported to be on the hit-list of Premier League debutants Bournemouth, for a fee in the region of £2 million…

Much of the pre-season talk at Palace has been about players coming in, but one who looks to be on his way out is Glenn Murray. The former Brighton striker was Palace’s top scorer last term, hitting seven goals and providing three assists. Not a huge total perhaps, but to his credit it only took him nine starts to outstrip Palace’s other striking options – all of whom played more. Boss Alan Pardew has been clear in his intention to bring in a center-forward though – adding Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford on loan, but also pursuing Loic Remy and Charlie Austin. Murray might be the least suited to the counter attacking style that did well for Pardew last season, or perhaps the only one he can get a fee for. Bournemouth see Murray as an ideal foil for their top scorer last season Callum Wilson, who signed a new four year deal this week.
Source: London24.com
Jul 30 - 7:14 AM

Crystal Palace were beaten 2-0 by Sporting Lisbon in the final of the inaugural Cape Town cup, but manager Alan Pardew is pleased with his side’s preparation…

Two second half goals from substitute Freddy Montero – one a free kick, the other the results of a quick breakaway – gave Sporting Lisbon the Cape Town cup. Palace’s pre-season has been good so far and they started brightly, with Jordan Mutch again looking back to his very best. Pardew started with a 4-4-2 formation, Mutch lining up in midfield with new boy Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon and James McArthur. With a front two of Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray. New signing Alex McCarthy made his debut in goal and was unlucky to deflect Montero’s free-kick into his own net after it rebounded off the post. In the end the difference was two mistakes, but Pardew is satisfied with the progress: ‘It was a good test for the players and played at a high level. I’m delighted in terms of preparation.’
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 26 - 4:43 PM

Crystal Palace are ready to spend big again, with German newspaper Bild reporting a £14 million deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Adrian Ramos…

Boss Alan Pardew looks like he has got control of the Crystal Palace cheque-book out again. After missing out on strikers Loic Remy and Charlie Austin, reports from Germany say Pardew has Borussia Dortmund’s Columbian international Adrian Ramos in his sights. Ramos scored just five goals last season, but struggled with injuries in Dortmund’s disappointing season. But if he can show the form that earned him the transfer from Hertha Berlin, where he returned 68 goals in 157 matches, he will be a good addition to Crystal Palace’s frontline. Dortmund will demand a fee in the region of £14m, eclipsing the £10m paid for Yohan Cabaye. But Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed there is more in the pot and he is happy to sanction another big money deal this summer.
Source: Metro.co.uk
Jul 25 - 9:59 AM

Crystal Palace scored early and often in their preseason match with South African club Supersport, winning comfortably 0-4.

The Eagles got about everything they could ask for from their friendly today. Patrick Bamford made his debut, the defense made no mistakes, and they scored four times by the 33rd minute. Icing on the cake, no one came out of it any worse for the wear by all accounts. Mile Jedinak got the affair started with a goal inside three minutes. Chung-yong Lee then capitalized on an error by the Supersport keeper to make it 0-2. Then in the 28th, Jordan Mutch made a case for playing time, beating two defenders on a nice run then chipping the keeper for a quality goal. Frazier Campbell would make it a rout just a few minutes later.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 24 - 3:14 PM

Crystal Palace have dug deep to improve their midfield and attack. But for FL purposes, it might be the defenders who should be on your shopping list…

The signing of midfielder Yohan Cabaye is arguably the transfer coup of the summer. The snapping up of Chelsea’s coveted young striker Patrick Bamford on a season loan will also satisfy their management and titillate their fans. But for FL managers it is Palace’s defenders that might be of more interest. Particularly in away games. It might surprise some to learn that Palace conceded less goals than Chelsea on the road last season and the same as Man City. In fact, based purely on away records, Palace would’ve finished 5th in the PL. Goalkeeper Julian Speroni, right-back Joel Ward and center-back Scott Dann only missed seven matches between them in 2014/15. Speroni has averaged 130pts over the last two season (that’s top six territory) and has added competition from new signing Alex McCarthy. Ward boasts a triple-figure average over the last two campaigns and no center-back provided more assists than Scott Dann. Three players to file under ‘value’.
Jul 24 - 1:47 PM

Multiple teams have inquired about Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie, but it's unknown if the winger is available.

Tottenham, West Ham, and Aston Villa have all reportedly inquired about Bolasie. According to Sky Sports, at least two of those teams are expected to bid on the winger. Bolasie is a 25-year-old player who can create chances for others and finish his own. It's unknown what price Alan Pardew is willing to sell him at, but he told the media Bolasie is valued at £40m, which is a ridiculous price for an average winger. Villa should be considered the favorites to win a bidding war as they have a huge need in attack and a lot of money from the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 5:32 PM

Crystal Palace fans are looking forward to the start of this season more than any other in recent memory, but can Alan Pardew find the right balance between craft and graft to improve on last season’s 10th place…

All of the early season transfer talk was about last season’s star-man Yannick Bolasie, some of it prompted by the man himself it should be said (‘favouriting’ a Tweet linking him with a move to Tottenham). That was blown out of the water with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye. But there will be some – including on the playing staff – wondering how it will impact on the team. Pardew favored a 4-5-1 formation last season, with a holding duo of Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley or James McArthur releasing the more extravagant talents of Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha. You have to think the team will be built around the attacking talents of Cabaye, based on his 17 goals and 14 assist in just 76 starts for Newcastle. And a fit again Jordan Mutch also provides an option not available last season. Lots to ponder for Pardew and FL managers at Palace this season…
Jul 23 - 10:48 AM

Crystal Palace has given up on signing QPR striker Charlie Austin, but their pre-season squad gives clues as to how they will line-up this season…

Palace chairman Steve Parish has told TalkSPORT that he is resigned to losing out in their bid to sign Charlie Austin, expecting him to go to a bigger PL club. ‘There are a lot of clubs interested in him [so] there’s a good chance he will go beyond us’, he told the radio station’s Sports Bar show. But boss Alan Pardew’s 25-man squad for their pre-season tour of South Africa offers some insight into next season’s team. Forgotten man Jonny Williams is included. The 21-year-old midfielder has spent the last season and a half on loan at Ipswich, but makes the cut along with winger Chung-yong Lee. The South Korean joined from Bolton in January but has only featured once so far. Highly rated youngsters Sullay Kaikai (midfield) and Christian Scales (defender) have also been included. Joining new signings Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford.
Source: London24.com
Jul 22 - 5:43 AM

A double boost for Crystal Palace as Chelsea confirm the loan agreement for striker Patrick Bamford and QPR goal keeper is photographed with Palace’s Head of Sports Medicine Zafar Iqbal…

New loanee Patrick Bamford should arrive at Palace with a spring in his step having just signed a new three-year deal with the PL Champions. A nice touch from Jose Mourinho which new boss Alan Pardew will be hoping to reap the benefits from. Another 19 goals, like Bamford hit on loan at Middlesbrough last season will do very nicely. At the other end of the field the proposed deal for QPR’s highly rated goalkeeper Alex McCarthy looks to be on the brink of going through. The stopper was spotted - and snapped – with Palace Head of Sports Medicine close to the club’s head office in Soho. The photo was tweeted by a fan at 3pm, so if the deal isn’t going through QPR manager Chris Ramsey might be looking for an explanation…
Jul 21 - 1:41 PM

Crystal Palace have confirmed an agreement with Chelsea to take their coveted striker Patrick Bamford on loan next season…

Boss Alan Pardew is celebrating another coup, beating several PL clubs including Aston Villa and Newcastle to the signature of Patrick Bamford. For a season, at least. Chelsea’s 21-year-old striker was voted the Championship Player of the Years last season, scoring 19 goals in 43 appearances for Middlesbrough. Just missing out on promotion to the PL in the Play-offs. Bamford is Palace’s second signing of the summer, following the record £12m capture of French international Yohan Cabaye. And there could be more on the way. Pardew is still looking for a center-back and ready to bid up to £10m for Swansea’s Ashley Williams. With ESPN reporting that his former Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini could also be a target.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 20 - 2:06 PM

Crystal Palace take their first loss of the pre-season after being defeated by Union Berlin, 0-2.

Glenn Murray had a couple of opportunities to perhaps give the Eagles the initial advantage, but a header that found the net in the 15th minute was waived off because of a foul in the area. Shortly thereafter, Murray went down in the box, hoping to draw a penalty but it did not come. Marquee signing Yohan Cabaye also looked to have scored at one point, but play was ruled offside. Instead of finding an equalizer it was Berlin who put the match away with a late second goal.
Source: Sports Mole
Jul 18 - 10:58 AM

Norwich City are monitoring out-of-favor Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle…

It has been a frustrating summer so far for the Canaries, with no major signing to tweet about so far. The deal for Argentine striker Joaquin Larrivey fell through at the last moment and the proposed move for winger Robbie Brady is apparently on hold (Hull want £6m – almost double Norwich boss Alex Neil’s offer). So attention has turned to Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. The 25-year-old is reported to be ‘anxious’ about game time at Selhurst Park having only started 11 matches last season. And persistent stories about the possible capture of Charlie Austin and Loic Remy can’t be doing his anxiety any good. Norwich could offer a solution and his stock is high at the moment, scoring a hat-trick in a recent friendly at Barnet.
Jul 13 - 5:53 AM

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Yohan Cabaye from PSG for a fee of £10 million…

For all the ‘advanced’ talks, agreements ‘in principal’ and bids ‘accepted’, we all know a transfer is never a done deal until the player is pictured holding up his new team shirt. That’s the law. And Palace have finally got their man, confirming the signing of Yohan Cabaye this morning. Palace paid a club record £10m fee to PSG which could rise to close to £13m with add-ons. The 29-year-old French international has signed a three-deal deal and set his sights on the top eight. He is a proven PL performer who was on the radar of Arsenal and Manchester United in recent seasons and knows manager Alan Pardew well. It was Pardew that paid £19m to take him to Newcastle, where he scored 18 goals in 93 matches. It is a major coup for Palace and there could be more to come, with bids tabled for Charlie Austin and Loic Remy.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 10 - 7:49 AM

Crystal Palace have offered a new £65k a week contract to Scott Dann to fend off interest from other PL clubs…

There is evidently some money sloshing about at Crystal Palace. Only five teams in the PL – West Brom, Leicester and the three new boys – have spent less than Palace over the last five seasons. During that time the club has turned itself into an established mid-table PL team, managing its business shrewdly and subtly. Last season’s 10th place was worth £77 million and it seems the purse strings have been loosened a little. First came Yohan Cabaye in a £12m+ deal, then multi-million bids for Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Charlie Austin. And now a new £65k a week deal for center-back Scott Dann, who has been subject to interest from Everton. Of course, going public that they are happy to pay £65k a week to their central defenders doesn’t do any harm when trying to appeal to bigger hitters (are you listening messrs Remy and Austin?). But also says loud and clear that Palace mean business.
Jul 10 - 5:09 AM

Is Crystal Palace’s sensational capture of French international Johan Cabaye from under the noses of London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal a sign of things to come…?

Last month Crystal Palace chairman made a point of saying that if the club wanted to establish themselves as a top ten club they had to sign top ten players. The signing of French international Johan Cabaye from PSG proves this wasn’t just hot air, or a ploy to create demand for season tickets. But is it ambition, or is simply Palace punching above their weight? Leicester City’s signing of Estaban Cambiasso has some parallels, although it could be said the 34-year-old’s career is/was on a downward trajectory. West Ham famously gave Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano their break in Europe, but were never destined to hold on to them very long. What happens next at Palace is key. Fans will be hoping that Cabaye is the catalyst for more quality to come, but if current talent – like Scott Dann, an £8m target for Everton – is sold off to balance the books, it might look like a gesture.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 9 - 8:43 AM


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