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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

Contract Talks With Speroni, Chamakh & Dikgacoi Continue

Alongside the 12 players who have been released by the club today, there are three first-team members who Tony Pulis and co. are looking to re-sign before their contracts expire.

Julian Speroni, Marouane Chamakh and Kagisho Dikgacoi will all be free to move onto new clubs this summer should a new contract now be mutually agreed, but there seems to still be a desire from both sides to thrash out deals which see the trio stay on for longer.

Of the three players mentioned, it seems that Chamakh is the most likely to re-sign, with the Moroccan having gone on record to express how happy he is at Selhurst Park after an ill-fated spell at Arsenal, whilst both Speroni and Dikgacoi remain less certain.

The Argentine ‘keeper has been linked with a move to Sunderland, as well as a number of European clubs, and although it sounds as if he would much rather extend his stay at Palace, there has been no official word to suggest that a new deal is close to being agreed.

Similarly, Dikgacoi has been the subject of interest from elsewhere, but as of yet, it doesn’t seem that any concrete offers have been made to the South African from further afield.

All three players would undoubtedly be of use to Tony Pulis next season, with countless supporters desperately hoping that negotiations can reach a positive conclusion sooner rather than later. Unfortunately sentimentality and football have always proven to be uncomfortable bed partners.

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Palace Release 12 Players In Summer Clear-Out

The club have today announced that 12 players will be released when their contracts expire this summer, with some well known names seeing their time in SE25 come to an end.

Dean Moxey, Danny Gabbidon, Jonathan Parr, Aaron Wilbraham, Neil Alexander, Osman Sow, Ibra Sekajja, Quade Taylor, Derek Tieku, Ross Fitzsimons, Tom King and Alistair Gordon have all been let go, with Julian Speroni, Marouane Chamakh and Kagisho Dikgacoi still in discussion over extending their stay.

Although many will feel sad to see a host of familiar faces move on, there are few who would suggest that any of the names listed above are good enough to maintain a regular starting role with us, which in essence, puts to bed any doubts over whether they warranted new contracts.

In the case of Moxey and Parr, the writing has been on the wall for some time, given the fact that Joel Ward has been regularly selected in front of the pair at left-back since Pulis arrived, whilst Gabbidon’s departure comes with an assumption that we’ll be adding far greater depth in the centre of defence over the summer.

Wilbraham, as many already know, was simply unable to perform regularly to the standard required in the Premier League, and in a similar case to that of Gabbidon, we are almost certain to strengthen our attacking options in the coming months, pushing him even further down the pecking order.

It is of course sad to see them move on, but there is every chance that the players who have been released will go on to find new clubs and continue to have success in new surroundings.

Now we wait to see who will be replacing them…

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