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Palace Won’t Be Getting Spurs’ Troubled Striker… Bullet Dodged

Emmanuel Adebayor appears to have turned down Crystal Palace in favour of a move to Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa in a deal that is sure to have many Eagles fans breathing a heavy sigh of relief.

The Togo international is seemingly desperate to link up with Sherwood once again and traveled to Birmingham yesterday for a tour of their training facilities, despite The Mirror reporting that Palace did make a late play for his services.

After agreeing to make the switch to Villa, Adebayor is expected to receive close to if not all of his £100,000 a week wage demands, which, even if he does recapture the form he enjoyed under the former Spurs boss, is an exorbitant sum for a player of his age and temperament.

After the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool, Sherwood has moved quickly to bring in Jordan Ayew and now Adebayor, but for Palace, there remain a wealth of other attacking targets who would far more sense, both financially and tactically.

Given our transfer record under the ownership of CPFC2010, it seems ridiculous to think that a move for Adebayor was ever seriously discussed, but with the new Premier League season now just 10 days away, we may have strayed slightly from our usual methodology in the transfer market in our apparent pursuit of him.

You can be almost certain that Palace wouldn’t have offered to pay anywhere close to the six-figure weekly wage packet that Villa reportedly have, with Yohan Cabaye’s £80,000 a week deal proving to be more than high enough for us in the current climate.

Whilst it’s impossible to predict the future, you can’t help feeling that we’ve dodged a bullet in being ruled out in the race to take the striker off Tottenham’s hands; with Tim Sherwood welcome to try and cajole lightning into striking twice.

Seriously, has anyone got Charlie Austin’s mobile number?

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Palace & Spurs Could Launch £10 Million Bids For Sporting Star

After yesterday’s piece in which Alan Pardew confirmed that he would be on the lookout for potential new signings whilst away on our pre-season tour of South Africa, HITC are now claiming that Palace are interested in Sporting CP star Slimani.

The Algerian international played a starring role for the Portugese side last season, with a cup win to show for his efforts at the end of the campaign, but now, the article suggests that £10 million will be enough for Palace to land the frontman. 

Indeed, they had shown interest in him last summer, but were unable to get into any advanced discussions with the player, much like Spurs, who also tried and failed to land him last season. 

Now, it sounds like both ourselves and Tottenham are renewing our efforts to bring him to the UK, along with Newcastle, Leicester and West Brom, with the striker having followed up his excellent performance at the 2014 World Cup with a solid season in Portugal. 

Luckily for Pardew, he’ll be given a close-up look at Slimani over the course of two games at the Cape Town Cup, where preliminary conversations may take place between the two clubs if the Palace boss is indeed sold of making the striker a part of his squad before the new season begins. 

Whilst both Loic Remy and Charlie Austin are already proven goslscorers in the notoriously tricky English game, Slimani’s experience and pedigree has understandably led plenty of managers into enquiring over the potential to bring him in; regardless of his lack of game time on these shores. 

Would you be happy to see us splash out on the Algerian? 

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