Pardew reveals no progress made over Crystal Palace's pursuit of Rudy Gestede

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says the club are no closer to signing Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede.

Crystal Palace have been strongly linked with a move to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede over the past seven days, but manager Alan Pardew says the Eagles are no closer to securing a deal for the Benin international.

During a press conference earlier today, Pardew was asked whether the club had made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Gestede, but he said he hadn't heard of any progress, as reported here by the Daily Star.

"No, not that I’m aware of," said Pardew. "I think we have enquired for about three to five players whether their available and that’s where we’re at and the chairman is pursuing some lines of enquiry in the right manner."

Gestede, 26, failed to make an impact with Cardiff City, but has really kicked off his career with Blackburn, even overshadowing their star striker Jordan Rhodes at Ewood Park.

With 12 goals in just 23 appearances this season, the powerful target man has established a strong reputation over the past 12 months, leading to interest from Premier League clubs.

Hull City and West Bromwich Albion had both been linked with moves for Gestede, but it was believed that Palace were leading the race for his signature.

According to the Daily Star, Palace made a £3.5m to sign Gestede, but Rovers are holding out for £5m in order to part with their top striker - and for now, Gestede remains a Blackburn player and could even play a part in their FA Cup tie against Swansea City this weekend.

With the deadline drawing ever closer, Palace need to try and secure a deal in the coming days before they run out of time.

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