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Parish feels window of opportunity was seized


STEVE PARISH was a happy man after Palace secured the permanent transfers of Wilfried Zaha and Lee Chung-Yong ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday.

The Eagles co-owner saw both players complete their medicals at the club's training ground in Beckenham to add to the recruitment of left-back Pape Souare, midfielder Jordon Mutch and striker Shola Ameobi at the end of last week.

The Eagles also signed youngster Keshi Anderson for their U21 side from non-league outfit Barton Rovers and Andreas Breimyr from Norwegian side Bryne FK.

And the latest window has been dubbed by many as Palace's most successful since their return to the Premier League, with the club as a whole brimming with confidence under Alan Pardew, too.

"It has been a lot easier, probably than the others I've been involved in so far, as in the Championship we didn't really buy that many players," said Parish.

"Alan has been good to work with and he's embraced our recruitment department.

"He has his own contacts too, which has been very easy, in terms of when he's had options presented he's given us an order of priority of the ones he likes.

"That gives us the flexibility then to go and do the best deals we can for the club.

"I never mind if we're up until 11pm to get a player if they end up being good for us. It's one of those things where the outcome is probably more important than the process.

"Certainly, this time has been a lot more organised and we just had about enough time when Alan came in.

"He gave me a clear idea of what he wanted to do. Everyone has to settle in and do well for the club, so if that happens it will be an ultra-successful transfer window."

The signing of Zaha was pretty comfortable in the end, with the winger undergoing the necessary tests and signing the paperwork with his agent.

But Parish believes it's time to get the academy product "back on track" after 18 months out of favour at Old Trafford.

"It was clear things weren't going to work out for him there and the manager hadn't even seen him," said the supremo.

"I think it has suited both clubs. We came up with a plan with Man United where we could take him back and get them as much money back for the long-term.

"Hopefully we can get him back on track and get him showing why Man United signed him in the first place.

"Obviously, a year of not playing and not getting that experience in the Premier League is not great for him. We feel Palace is the right place for him and he feels that right now."

And on the acquisition of South Korea international Chung-Yong, Parish revealed his admiration for the attacking midfielder, who is currently nursing an injury.

The co-owner believes he will excite the fans once fully fit and play a part towards the end of the campaign.

"I think he's a lovely footballer," said Parish. "He comes to us with a slight hairline fracture on his shin that he got in the Asia Cup but it shouldn't take too long, hopefully four or five weeks.

"Then he's got to get himself fit but we certainly see he can make a contribution until the end of the season.

"He's an exciting player and was very highly-rated by Bolton in the Premier League.

"Maybe he got lost with all the changes in the Championship and the adjustment, but we've been watching him for a long time and he's been in good form.

"He's an excellent player and we're very excited to have him at the club."

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