Report: Alan Pardew hoping to add to Crystal Palace squad

Alan Pardew

The new man in charge at Selhurst Park is looking to add forward options to his team.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is expecting to add to his new side this week, according to Sky Sports.

The former Newcastle United manager enjoyed a winning start in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Saturday and is expecting to add more firepower to his squad this week.

"We still need one or two players,” said Pardew. “"That is progressing pretty good and we hope to have some news this week, which I think might help us.”

One area of the side the manager is looking to improve upon is up front, with Palace’s lack of striking options a problem that has dogged the London side for some time.

"We are kind of monitoring strikers. I don't think my pool of strikers have any problem with that. They know competition is coming in,” he said.

"[Glenn] Murray was terrific and I was really pleased with him and that is a boost for us, but there will be, hopefully, a striker or two arriving."

Pardew was asked specifically about Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert but the Crystal Palace boss says a move is unlikely despite an enquiry.

"I did have a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers] but I don't think that Rickie is going anywhere," he said.

"I think that Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position. I have no doubt that he can do that."

And Pardew was also asked about former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, whom he worked with at West Ham, although the 53-year-old was again dismissive.

"Personally, no [I have not enquired about him] but I know Jermain from my West Ham days and I know what he can do," Pardew said.

"It will be interesting to see if he comes on the market and if he pitches in. He will probably have a couple of choices, I should think."

Crystal Palace currently sit 15th in the Premier League after their win over Tottenham but are only one point off the dreaded relegation zone. Next up for the Eagles, meanwhile, is a relegation six-pointer as they travel to Burnley.

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