Player News - Crystal Palace

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Tottenham have opened talks with Crystal Palace about a potential transfer of Wifried Zaha, who has made it known he wants to leave the Eagles.

Tottenham already have a wide man lined up to join the club in Marseille's Georges-Kevin N'Koudou but they would have no issue in adding depth to their squad as they face the rigors of a Champions League schedule. Reportedly, an initial offer of £15million is on the table for the Ivorian. Spurs look prepared to sell Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son for the right price so N'Koudou and Zaha could become their replacements if these deals are to go through. It will not help Zaha's fantasy value though. He stood to get regular playing time for the Eagles but would probably be relegated to a bench option most weeks were he to join the North London club.
Aug 25 - 12:32 PM

Crystal Palace had little to offer from their attack this afternoon and the defense could not hold on for a draw as Spurs would score late and defeat the Eagles, 1-0.

Perhaps Tottenham should feel lucky to catch Palace in a transition week where they did not have the recently departed Yannick Bolasie nor the newly arrived Christian Benteke to play in this one. Jason Puncheon had a shot on target early but it took until just after the hour mark for the Eagles best chance when Puncheon was able to find Yohan Cabaye in space but the Frenchman missed the shot badly. Meanwhile, the Palace defense did all they could to stave off the Tottenham attack and they nearly worked a draw, but shortly after the removal of Damien Delaney from the game, Spurs would find a match-winner. The Eagles should have a much better chance to score goals next week with the addition of Benteke and a tasty fixture, playing at home to AFC Bournemouth.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

Crystal Palace have officially announced the arrival of Christian Benteke who penned a four-year deal.

The Eagles reached an agreement with Liverpool yesterday but had to wait for the striker to pass a medical before officially introducing him. Whether he is available to feature against Tottenham later today is unknown, but it is more likely he will make his debut next week at Selhurst Park against the Cherries. If Benteke can use the motivation of a fresh start with a new club where he will be the main man, it is the perfect environment for him to score. Palace should be a much better fit for him than Liverpool was. He should be owned in all fantasy draft leagues and is one to monitor for the FPL game as Palace have a nice run of fixtures ahead following their trip to White Hart Lane today.
Aug 20 - 5:47 AM

Liverpool have agreed to terms that would see Christian Beneteke move to Crystal Palace for a transfer fee of £27m and the deal will be confirmed once the striker passes his medical.

Liverpoool turned down a deal earlier in the week from the Eagles that offered £25m up front with an additional £7m in add-ons. This deal adds £2m up front but the payment could rise to £32m total. That is only half a million pounds left than Liverpool bought Benteke for last summer, so they basically break even and can get a player with no future at the club off of their books. While Benteke saw little success at Anfield, he still has plenty of potential in his career to be a force at striker, with plenty of size, strength and a powerful, accurate finish when he is in form. He will likely step right into Alan Pardew's starting XI, knocking Connor Wickham out of his spot, though Wickham has played out wide in the past and could do so again. If Benteke was not drafted or dropped in your draft league, he is certainly an immediate add. Current owners should be very excited about this move.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 19 - 7:10 AM

Crystal Palace made an improved bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but the Reds still feel the Eagles are short on price and turned down the offer.

After trying to land the Belgian for £25 million flat earlier this summer, the Eagles came back with a £30 million offer, £23 million up front and another £7 million in add-ons. Palace just pocketed £30 million from the sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton and are looking to turn around and spend it on big name striker. The Reds purchased Benteke for £32.5 million a season ago and he did nothing last season that should merit an increase in value, so £30 million seems a reasonable offer. They reportedly want a restructured deal with more money up front. West Brom are still linked to Benteke, but a move there looks to be more unlikely. Surely, Liverpool cannot be too thrifty here. They have an attack that scored four goals over the weekend without Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings or Divock Origi starting. They simply need to sell Benteke and absorb a potential minor net loss from his purchase a season ago.
Source: Telegraph
Aug 16 - 6:33 AM

Wales have been dealt a double injury blow with the news that Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams will be out for at least two months because of an ankle injury while Aaron Ramsey needs to have a muscular strain assessed.

Chris Coleman’s side face Moldova in their first World Cup qualifying match on September 5, a game which could come too soon for Ramsey who is likely to need more than three weeks to recover, if scan results confirm significant damage to his hamstring. Williams on the other hand is expected to miss around 10 weeks, making him a major doubt for the games against Austria and Georgia as well in October. "It's really disappointing for Jonny because we thought this would be the season he would make that major step in his career," Coleman said. "It's come in a friendly and I've seen the tackle, it's a poor one and one we don't want to see in the game anymore."
Aug 15 - 9:29 AM

All of the promise and hope surrounding Crystal Palace's upcoming season hit a brick wall in the form of West Brom's stifling defense.

Crystal Palace took 14 shots and held 63 percent possession but couldn't find a way to break through at Selhurst Park against Tony Pulis' men in a 1-0 loss. Andros Townsend made his Premier League debut for the Eagles and was the club's most impressive player on the afternoon with six shots, but a lack of finishing highlighted their need for a top striker to lead their attack as they are considering raising their offers for Saido Berahino and Christian Benteke this summer. Meanwhile, Alan Pardew made the interesting decision to start Lee Chung-yong over Yannick Bolasie, who looks set for a move to Everton in the coming week.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 13 - 12:22 PM

Crystal Palace will continue to assess Pape Souaré after the full-back limped off with a hamstring related issue last weekend.

Keith Millen remained cautiously optimistic that the problem was linked to cramp [or a nerve issue] and not a strain which could keep the full-back out for weeks. Martin Kelly will come into the side if Souaré, who started all but four Premier League games last season, misses out. James Tomkins has stepped to his recovery from a hamstring strain, but the summer signing from West Ham won’t be ready for Saturday. The 27-year-old has been side-lined since tweaking his hamstring on his debut last month and has only just returned to training. "He’s back with the [first-team] group," confirmed Millen. "But he’s doing restricted training [and] we’re controlling what he’s doing." Tomkins is said to be targeting a return before the end of August, possibly Bournemouth at Selhurst in game week three, with Alan Pardew expected to name Scott Dann and Damien Delaney as the central defensive pairing.
Aug 10 - 5:37 AM

"Sky Sports" report Everton has seen its club-record bid for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie accepted this week.

Reports claim the bid will surpass the previous club record of £28 million paid to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku two years ago with add-ons taking the fee near £30 million for Bolasie. With Bolasie, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham, Palace has toyed with the idea of selling Bolasie in order to fund a £30 million-plus move for Liverpool forward Christian Benteke this summer after seeing a £25 million bid shot down last month. But after selling John Stones for upwards of £40 million, Everton manager Ronald Koeman now has money to spend prior to the season opener against Spurs this weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 10 - 4:36 AM

Reports in England confirm Everton is trying to conduct a bit of last-minute shopping before its opener against Tottenham this weekend.

Just this week the Toffees have seen a £10million bid for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams rejected, an £18million bid for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie turned down and have just submitted an £18million bid for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone as they look to replace defender John Stones, who is being linked with a last-minute move to Manchester City. Ronald Koeman has only signed Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gueye this summer and is expected to return with improved bids for Bolasie and Williams this summer.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 9 - 5:38 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects forward Christian Benteke to leave the club this summer but only for the right price.

Said the German manager: "Everyone knows about it. Christian has already said maybe it makes sense to go to another club. Christian is still a really great striker. We have a few more strikers and I think it makes more sense to give them match time. But if there are clubs that want a real striker than they have to make real offers otherwise we will find solutions." Crystal Palace and even Everton has been linked with a move for the Belgian, who has not been able to fit into Klopp's system since the manager's arrival. But rumors suggest the club is holding out for the £32.5 million it paid Aston Villa last summer for Benteke.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 5 - 6:53 PM

Assistant manager Keith Millen says Crystal Palace will take "no risks" with summer signing James Tomkins as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.

The £10m acquisition from West Ham picked up the injury on his debut while on the club’s US tour and he is battling to be fit for start of the new Premier League campaign. Despite "progressing with his work," Tomkins is expected to miss the final preseason match against Valencia on Saturday, making him a major doubt for game week one. "We can't push too quick - we have to take it day by day," said Millen. Scott Dann and Damien Delaney are expected to line-up in the heart of the Eagles defence against West Brom in a 4-4-2. However, Palace may switch to three centre-backs, once Tomkins is fully fit, with Andros Townsend and Pape Souare providing defensive cover in the wide areas.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 3 - 1:16 PM

According to Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew "everybody [should be] physically fit for the first game" with the exception of Bakary Sako and Fraizer Campbell who look set to miss the opener against West Brom.

Sako has been sidelined since picking up a groin injury while training on the club’s US tour, and although the news is a blow, Pardew does have cover with Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie, Andros Townsend and Jason Puncheon all vying for an attacking role in the starting XI. However, the loss of Campbell, who strained his hamstring at AFC Wimbledon just over a week ago, leaves the Eagles with only one [fully fit] experienced striker – Connor Wickham – which is not ideal. Palace could be forced into the transfer market before the window closes with Saido Berahino rumoured to be there No.1 target. On a more positive note, James McArthur has been pencilled in for a return against Valencia this weekend following his recovery from a knee problem.
Aug 3 - 6:52 AM

Alan Pardew could be forced into stepping up his search for a new striker after Fraizer Campbell limped out of the friendly win over AFC Wimbledon with a suspected hamstring strain.

Palace are short on numbers in attack after Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh were released at the beginning of the summer. Also, factor the loss of Dwight Gayle, who moved to Newcastle for £10m and Pardew has been left with only one fully fit striker – Connor Wickham – with a Premier League start to his name. The full extent of Campbell’s injury is not yet known, but with a little over two weeks until the season opener against West Brom, the search for a new striker looks set to intensify. Palace have been linked with Christian Benteke, while they continue to monitor the situation with Saido Berahino very closely.
Jul 29 - 7:17 AM

Several former Liverpool starters are not expected to last the summer with Jurgen Klopp eyeing a leaner squad ahead of the season.

While Liverpool is looking to add a couple more players, most notably FC Augbsurg defender Ragnar Klavan in a £4 million move expected this week, reports claim that Christian Benteke, Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic are all set for the exit door at Anfield or risk not even making the squad, Klopp said. "It makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don't have a real opportunity to play. When there's no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense. We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I'm pretty sure that will happen. And one or two more players will join us from other clubs.
Source: Mirror
Jul 18 - 7:41 PM


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