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FAN VIEW: Alan Pardew and Steve Parish have got this transfer window spot on

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Over the past few seasons it's come as no surprise that on Deadline Day, Palace love a mad, panic-buying spree. A late rush of blood to the head sees us pick-up some cheap(ish) bargains in a hurry that even contestants of Dale Winton's Supermarket Sweep would struggle to match.

This time last year we made five signings on D-Day and good ones at that.

That's why this deadline day has been such a surprise to me, but one I am very pleased about. There was no need to sit glued to the TV awaiting news of a signing, news of even a car entering the car park at the training ground; we got our act together this time round to ensure a relatively stress-free final day.

Before today we'd already made an impressive five signings.

Pape Souare was announced on Friday, a Senegalese international, who when I asked Pardew what he's like, said, he could follow in the footsteps of Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye. An exciting prospect? Whatever happens, it will be nice to actually see a naturally left-footed player play in the left-back role; it's been a while.

Add to this another midfielder with a beard in the form of Jordon Mutch and a player with bags full of Premier League experience in Shola Ameobi. Admittedly, he isn't the player he was a few seasons back but he'll be a great character around the dressing room for our youngsters.

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo became the second Arsenal player to sign (albeit on loan) for Palace in the space of six months. If he turns out to be great, we're first in line to snap him up; if he's a flop our escape plan is already in motion.

It's business that has been well thought out and makes perfect sense to a club in our position.

We're even signing players for our Under-21 development side on Deadline Day! Whilst Real Madrid announced the signing of 16-year-old Norwegian wonder-kid Martin Odegaard last week, we've signed our own, 18-year-old Andreas Breimyr – although we're probably not paying him £80,000 a week.

In the final hour the club confirmed the signing of Lee Chung-Yong on a three-and-a-half year deal, which also saw Barry Bannan go the opposite way on loan until the end of the season. It's a shame Bannan hasn't got more game time but I think he'll do very well at Bolton and when he comes back will be challenging more for his place.

Did I forgot to mention my excitement over Glenn Murray's contract extension too?

And what about Wilfried Zaha signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. A superb piece of business.

I think with all our signings we are making great progress for the future. Signing internationals from respectable European teams, buying experience at this level and taking risks with youngsters but being cautious at the same time.

We really are trying to establish ourselves as a Premier League club and it's enjoyable to watch it unfold.

Alan Pardew and Steve Parish have got this transfer window spot on.

By online columnist Dan Gibbs.

FAN VIEW: Alan Pardew and Steve Parish have got this transfer window spot on


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