Report: Crystal Palace target four first-team signings this summer

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Alan Pardew is keen for Crystal Palace to bring in four first-team players this summer.

Palace secured a top 10 finish in the Premier League this season, and a report in the Daily Mail has outlined Alan Pardew’s desire to sign four first-team players this summer.

Having now established themselves as a Premier League team, the Eagles are looking to move forwards, and start to push for the Europa League places in the coming seasons.

Pardew only coached the team for half the season and managed to get into the top 10, and with a full campaign at the helm, he is sure to develop a progressive philosophy for the South London outfit.

There are no indications as to which positions Pardew is keen on strengthening, but looking at the Eagles playing squad, there are clear signs as to where Pardew may look in the transfer market.

A consistent first-team goalscorer should be the main aim to sign, with Glenn Murray leading the line for much of Pardew’s reign. He has proven to be a good goal getter, but the need to sign a more youthful competition for him is apparent.

The Eagles would also do well to sign another top class central midfielder, especially following the reports that Mile Jedinak could be leaving the club, as per the Mail.

The defensive unit is fairly consistent, although another centre-back would not go amiss with the increasing age of Brede Hangeland, whilst a goalkeeper to provide competition and cover for Julian Speroni would be a wise move.

Speroni is now 36, and Wayne Hennessey has never proven his ability as a top class stopper. Signing a ‘keeper to ease in as first-choice to replace Speroni next season would be a good way to start the progression into a new era for Palace in the Premier League.

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