English Premiership

Pardew searching for strikers

2015-01-12 11:04
Alan Pardew (File)
Cape Town - New Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says that there will be some new arrivals at Selhurst Park to help the club avoid relegation.

The former Eagles midfielder took charge after Neil Warnock was sacked at the end of December, making the switch from Newcastle United, and a 2-1 over Tottenham on Saturday gave Pardew victory in his first Premier League game with his new side.

The win pulled Palace out of the relegation zone, but only by one point. Avoiding the drop will be the goal for the season, and Pardew says that there will be reinforcements.

"We still need one or two players," Football411 quotes Pardew as saying. "That is progressing pretty good and we hope to have some news this week, which I think might help us.

"We are kind of monitoring strikers. I don't think my pool of strikers have any problem with that. They know competition is coming in. There will be, hopefully, a striker or two arriving."

Pardew was questioned about specific players who have been linked with the club, but did not confirm anything. Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe was mentioned, but Pardew denied any contact with the former England international, who he knows from his time at West Ham.

The boss also admitted having a conversation with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about Rickie Lambert, but thinks that the former Southampton striker "wants to stay there and try and win his position".

Crystal Palace face Burnley on Saturday in their next Premier League match, and also have an FA Cup fourth round tie to look forward to on the 23rd.

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