Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish admits that retaining on-loan Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, may be a deal that is beyond the club’s modest means.
The defender, who joined Palace on a temporary basis after struggling to break into the Reds' first XI, played a crucial role in helping the London club avoid relegation and was widely expected to become a permanent member of the Eagles squad prior to recent comments from Parish.
“I think that is going to be a very difficult one for us to do,” said Parish told reporters of the deal which is not only expected to be in the region of £30m, but also have to cater for the player's wage demands which is reportedly close to £100 000 per week.
"I think Liverpool want a big number for him. That is a tough one to make happen on a permanent basis. We need to look at the budgets and be realistic,” Parish added.
The Eagles chairman also spoke about the difficulties his club faces in bringing a new manager on board, following the shock resignation of Sam Allardyce, the man who orchestrated their Premier League survival.
"We really want somebody who feels they can come in and help us improve the footballing side of the club over a long period of time," the chairman said.
"That is what we are looking for. In the past we have had managers like Steve Coppell who have been at the club a long time and helped build the club.
"If we could get one of those relationships again that would be preferable," he added.