Pardew targeting ‘big player’

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew revealed the club is in the market for a big-name signing to aid their push for a place in Europe next season.

At the press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash agains Tottenham Hotspur, Pardew spoke candidly about the club’s transfer prospects, mentioning Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner as potential signings.

“Abebayor and a couple of others that have been mentioned. A couple more have come to light, Nicklas Bendtner is available and is somebody else that we are looking at.

“We’re after somebody who would fit into our group and give us a lift. It’d be nice to see a big player come in, so we’ll see.”

The Eagles manager denied the club was in negotiations with Swansea over a swap deal involving Dwight Gayle and Bafatembi Gomis, saying: There’s been no contact from either club.”

“Most of the noises on the market are probably being generated by agents and the media. It’s part of the game, I quite enjoy it.

“We have to be realistic. Some of the figures being banded about for good players, not great players, are massive. We mustn’t get out-priced. It’s difficult for us.”