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OLLIE'S WAY: I'm playing a waiting game in January transfer window

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AS YOU are all aware, we're currently in the January transfer window and I think we've got to try and enhance the squad to help the first team lads at the moment, bringing in one, two, three, maybe even four people if I can, but that's not easy.

I'm playing a waiting game at the moment and I'm asking Premier League managers 'can I have him, can I have him, can I have him?', but at the moment, we can't make any progress just yet.

If you're Demba Ba, you're just going to drive down and sign for Chelsea. Apart from that, who else has done anything yet?

West Ham have got Joe Cole, but I think there will be a mad rush at the end of the month.

We've only got two league games and a cup game anyway, and then for us, the most brilliant thing that can ever happen, the Premier League lads who don't make their club's 25-man squad - us Championship sides can come in and nick them.

I think we'll see lots of things that might happen, but it's about getting the right person instead of jumping on anything.

We're looking at every single option – players up and around the country and players in other countries, so it's very difficult to state anything.

I know the positions I would like to strengthen. Every fan will think differently but unfortunately at the moment it's only my opinion that counts and everyone will have to wait and see who I bring in, and see why I bring them in – hopefully it will make sense to everybody.

In terms of any players leaving, Barnet came in and wanted to take three players from us on loan, but it was all a bit random for my liking.

They wanted Kwesi Appiah, Ibra Sekajja and Kyle De Silva, but Kyle's not fit for another two weeks [editor's note: Sekajja was loaned to Barnet after this column was written].

I've still got to get Alex Marrow back from his loan and take a look at him, so he comes back next week.

I will be loaning my players out at some point but we've got a great system at the club with the U21 development squad.

I'm all about getting the right structure about what we do and how we do it. And I'm about the way the modern game is going. If you watched Barcelona last weekend against Espanyol, I thought they were absolutely terrific.

If you watch them, they know what they're doing when they have or haven't got the ball, and I don't see Palace being different from that in the next few years.

I think we've got a brilliant catchment area, where we breed hungry and up-for-it people, who are in the real world, because the world isn't easy, it's tough, particularly in the financial climate.

They appreciate the chance, they appreciate the club and the players appreciate playing for Palace. I think everything is looking towards us having a bright future.

OLLIE'S WAY: I'm playing a waiting game in January transfer window


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