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Palace boss tight-lipped on Swansea star and former England ace

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CRYSTAL Palace boss Alan Pardew says co-chairman Steve Parish has given him funding assurances to bring in new players this month.

A striker has been touted as the number one area to improve within the Eagles' squad, with Bafetimbi Gomis and Jermain Defoe strongly linked.

When asked about Gomis, Pardew didn't deny the link with the Swansea City striker, who has scored just one Premier League goal this season.

But the boss did say Parish is working hard in bringing in certain targets.

"I can't say anything about the financial side of the game," said Pardew.

"I think that is unfair to any club we're talking to. I think the chairman and the board are keen to try and bring a player or two in.

"I know they are working hard towards that.

"For us, we have to wait and see on that side. It's very complicated in the Premier League to secure a player, particularly a striker.

"I spoke to Steve Parish on my arrival here after the club initiated the transfer for me and that we're going to need some funding because we need some new players.

"He gave me the assurances he would do his very, very best to do that."

And when the Advertiser asked Pardew about the link with Defoe, with bookmakers reportedly suspending their betting on the 32-year-old joining Palace, the boss again was fairly tight-lipped.

"There isn't a striker out there I'm not interested in," he said.

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Palace boss tight-lipped on Swansea star and former England ace


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