Report: Pardew has Parish's backing to spend big, Ashley Williams eyed for £10m

Crystal Palace have been linked with the Swansea City defender and are now said to be prepared to raise the stakes.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has received co-chairman Steve Parish's backing to continue spending big this summer, according to the Sunday People.

And Pardew's next target is reportedly Swansea City defender Ashley Williams. The 30-year-old, a leading Swansea star, has already been linked with the Eagles on several occasions this summer.

But the People's latest report suggests Crystal Palace are now willing to up their bid for Williams to as high as £10 million.

A hefty fee

Swansea's determination to hold onto Williams means Palace will have to go high if they want to have any chance of landing the 30-year-old. Is £10m a fair fee, though, when it's almost as much as Crystal Palace paid for Cabaye?

A recent report, furthermore, suggested Swansea will only settle for a £12m bid or higher. It's a matter of just how much Palace need a new defender, of course, and Williams' experience and displays for the Swans make him a tempting target.

Pardew would be wise to shop around first, however, and see if there is any better value for money available on the market.

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