Co-owner Steve Parish says Crystal Palace were disappointed to miss out on Jack Wilshere but always felt their chances were slim.
The Eagles were one of three clubs battling to land Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on loan for the season on transfer deadline day, manager Alan Pardew having spoken to the 24-year-old on Tuesday about a temporary switch.
However, it was not to be for Palace as the England international eventually opted for Bournemouth, leaving the Selhurst Park hierarchy disappointed.
Palace failed to land a single player on deadline day, much to Parish’s frustration, but he believes the odds were always stacked against his team being able to bring in Wilshere.
He told Holmesdale Radio: “It was a bit like Haley’s Comet – it arrived as fast as it went.
“We were contacted and asked, ‘would we be interested?’ We said yes and threw our hat in the ring but the player decided to go to Bournemouth, I think one of his best mates plays there.
“He’s a very, very good player – that’s the level of player we are trying to bring to the club. You can’t win them all.”