Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has said no takeover of the club is imminent

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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has said there is no imminent takeover of the club after reports suggesting that a deal is '90% complete'.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said that no takeover at Selhurst Park is imminent after speculation the club could be taken over by American businessman Josh Harris.

In an interview with the Croydon Guardian, Parish said: “There are always people who want to buy football clubs.

“Sometimes people approach you and it gets out, sometimes people approach you and it doesn’t, but there is no imminent takeover.

“We are talking to a number of people on a number of fronts."

A report in The Guardian suggested that Harris's company, Apollo Global Management, who owns the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers - NHL and NBA sides respectively, had agreed a £70 million deal to take a 90% stake in the Eagles, with Parish expected to retain his current role at the club on a day-to-day basis.

Parish added comments that suggested he wasn't ruling out any takeover of the club in the future if a potential suitor had the finances to take the club forward.

He said: “I’ve always said that if somebody wanted to invest in the club and move it forward quicker than I or we (CPFC 2010) can then we would entertain it.

“We look at all possibilities that are out there – and there are many – but people have been quite ahead of themselves on this one.”

Manager Neil Warnock was quoted welcoming any talk of a takeover at Selhurst Park, telling TalkSport: “If it was something that actually helped the club and alleviated some of the pressures, then they’d welcome it, but only if it was the right person."

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