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Palace To Set Transfer Record With £8 Million Move For Caulker

The Mirror are this evening reporting that the club have convinced Cardiff defender Steven Caulker to snub interest from QPR and make the move to South London, having met the centre back’s £8 million release clause.

Our interest in Caulker has been well-known throughout the summer, but with so many clubs supposedly interested in his signature, it had looked highly unlikely that Pulis and co. would be able to put together a package that would convince him that Selhurst Park was the place to be.

Surprisingly, that appears to have been exactly what has happened in the last few days, with the article in question stating that the owners are willing to pay the England defender £42,000 a week to make the move from Wales.

Reports earlier this week had suggested that Caulker was holding out hope of a late bid from Liverpool for his services, having played under Brendan Rodgers whilst on loan at Swansea in 2011, but with no offer on the horizon, it sounds as if the Cardiff man has taken the plunge and agreed a move to SE25.

At just 22, Caulker is a player with a fantastic amount of potential; a fact not lost on any of the countries top coaches, with many having been vocal in their praise of him throughout the formative stages of his career.

In Tony Pulis, he would find a manager who holds a genuine passion for team shape and defensive organisation, given that those aspects provide the basic building blocks of our tactical approach. With that in mind, playing under the Welshman is surely a task the young defender would relish.

With the £8 million fee being discussed set to smash our current transfer record, the move would signal a genuine statement of intent from the club as we head into the new season; highlighting to those looking on from afar, that we are planning on a long-term stay at England’s top table, having successfully survived a Premier League season for the first time in our history.

It feels good to be a Palace fan right now, there’s no point trying to hide it.

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2013/14 Season Report Card: Jonathan Parr

For Jonny Parr, this season has proven to be one of genuine disappointment, rather than what it had seemed to promise following our promotion last May.

Already in direct completion for a starting role at left-back with Dean Moxey, the Norwegian was forced to sit out the entirety of our play-off campaign after sustaining an injury against Ipswich Town in April, but with pre-season came a new sense of hope, not that it would last too long.

Starting just nine times for us this season, Parr has been a long-term spectator, deemed by both Holloway and Pulis as a reasonable back-up option, but not the man they would choose to start on the left-hand side from week to week.

In truth, neither Parr nor Moxey have held that crown for the most part, with Pulis instead relying on Joel Ward to fill in over both of them, in what is either a damming indictment of the aforementioned pairs defensive ability or simply a ringing endorsement of Ward’s versatility, although I’d be willing to wager that it’s a mixture of both.

Parr is a good enough player for many occasions, and perhaps, in a slightly tweaked tactical approach he may even be good enough for the Premier League, but under the watchful eye of Tony Pulis, he doesn’t appear to have made the grade, leading to inevitable speculation about his future.

Football is a cruel game, but in a sense, it’s that ruthless streak at its core which will present Parr with the chance to shove somebody else out of the way if he does choose to move on, it’s the nature of the beast.

2013/14 Season Grade: C-

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