Allardyce rules out Sako exit, talks up transfers

Sam Allardyce says that Bakary Sako is staying at Crystal Palace while also revealing the club are gingerly wading into the transfer market.

Allardyce took over at the ailing club from Alan Pardew in December 2016 with the side struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

He remains without a win having overseen a 1-1 draw with Watford ahead of a 2-0 loss to Arsenal and a 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Swansea.

But with the January transfer window open, the former England manager insists that Sako is committing to staying and helping the club, who will also look to add a couple of additions to their squad.

The Eagles boss, who revealed that the club rejected a £4m bid from Birmingham City for the midfielder earlier this week, said: "Bakary Sako has expressed a wish to stay and fight, and help Crystal Palace stay in the Premier League."

He added: "I think we'll start with one and see how much that costs us.

"Then we'll go to the next one and see how much that costs us, and then the next one, until the chairman says we've got no more money. Then we'll stop."

Two players recently linked with the club that aren't expected to make the switch are Motherwell striker Louis Moult and Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep.