EXCLUSIVE: Steve Parish praises ‘bargain’ Crystal Palace summer signings

13 Aug

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has praised the signings made by the Eagles this summer, admitting that he hopes they have found value in an inflated transfer market.

Alan Pardew has brought in three players to improve his squad, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, defender James Tomkins and winger Andros Townsend.

All three signings fix a problem position in the Palace squad, and arrived for what could be considered budget fees in this transfer window.

 When average players are going for more than £20 million, it was a great move to bring in all three for roughly £25 million, something Parish is pleased with.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams prior to Palace’s Premier League opener v West Brom, Parish said: “There are bargains. We’ve just bought in Steve Mandanda from Marseille, and we think that’s a good deal.

“Andros with a release clause, it’s unfortunate to Newcastle that came about but it did. We’re very hopeful we’ve got good value there.

“And James – centre-backs are at a premium really. Centre-backs and strikers – as my manager is telling me all the time – they’re very important positions in a team.

“We’re hopeful we’ve done good business. We think we have, but it is difficult to find value, it’s always been difficult to find value.”

One player who is expected to leave Selhurst Park this summer is Yannick Bolasie, who is reportedly on the verge of signing for Everton for £25 million.

However, Parish refused to divulge any details on a potential deal, only admitting that the winger is still a Palace player as of Saturday.

“Yannick’s on the bench today,” he added. “He’s still a Crystal Palace player. There’s a lot of speculation about what may or may not be happening.”


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