Report: Crystal Palace impressed by West Ham’s transfer business; revamp scouting network

Crystal Palace want to emulate the scouting systems at West Ham and Southampton.

Crystal Palace have revamped their scouting system to emulate West Ham and Southampton, the Standard reports.

The Hammers scouting network managed to find such gems at Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna over the summer transfer window, whilst Southampton have consistently signed top class players every year.

They have had to deal with their best players being sold every season, and have replaced them with better quality players, taking them further up the Premier League table.

Both clubs have become desirable targets to attempt to emulate, and Palace have revamped their own scouting system in an attempt to master the vastly inflated transfer market.

They have hired scouts to work in Belgium, France and Spain, with chairman Steve Parish hoping to sign more players from abroad in the summer - especially targeting the undervalued markets.

Transfer fees are expected to grow once again at the end of this season, with the massive TV deal English clubs will benefit from, and Parish wants to get ahead of the game and find cheaper players who can cut it in the Premier League.

Speaking in the report, Parish said: “You can see that in the way people are buying abroad. Looking at the likes of West Ham and Southampton, who have done very well in the market in the last couple of years, and trying to emulate their way of working and the success they have been getting.”

Palace have yet to formalise any targets they are hoping to bring to Selhurst Park this summer.

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