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Palace Linked Defender Will Cost Alan Pardew At Least £8 Million

With Crystal Palace supposedly keen on making a move for Hull City defender James Chester, the Tigers have decided to slap an £8 million price tag on his shoulders.

Following relegation, Steve Bruce has already lost the services of Paul McShane and Liam Rosenior, leaving him desperate to keep hold of Chester for their upcoming campaign in the Championship, as they attempt to bounce back at the first attempt.

Palace are known to be in the market for a new central defender to act as the long-term partner to Scott Dann, with both Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland now on the wrong side of 30, with Chester viewed as the ideal candidate.

Whether of not they realised that they would have to stump up £8 million for the defender’s services remains unknown, but if he is indeed Alan Pardew’s top defensive target, we could well see the board sanctioning a move in the coming weeks, given the obvious desire within the club to press on towards the top eight.

Chester himself is likely to be open to the switch, with a chance to play in the Premier League so soon after facing relegation bound to be of interest to him, but until now, it seems as though the former Manchester United man has done his best to remain loyal to his current employers despite speculation over his future.

Would you be happy to pay £8 million for James, or are there better options available to us for the same or less?

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Palace Reportedly Back In For £5 Million International Striker

Both Crystal Palace and Swansea City are now thought to be back in the race for Hull City striker Dame N’Doye after talk of a move to Turkey died down earlier this week. 

The Senegalese striker had looked to be all set to start a new chapter of his career with Besiktas, but saw negotiations break down with the club whilst discussing personal terms, which in turn, is said to have alerted both Alan Pardew and Garry Monk to a potential play for his services. 

The 30-year-old frontman played 15 times for the Tigers last season, bagging five goals, two of which came in a 2-0 win over Palace at Selhurst Park in April, no doubt forcing our coaching staff to sit up and take notice. 

Reports suggest that a bid of £5 million will easily be enough to convince Hull to let N’Doye leave, whilst his potential wage packet is unlikely to phase the Palace board in the same way it did Besiktas a few days ago. 

Whilst Loic Remy remains the club’s standout attacking target during this summer’s transfer window, N’Doye has the look of a very capable back-up plan, with his goslscoring record throughout a varied career giving us hope that he could easily bag 10 to 15 goals in red and blue next season if given the chance. 

Although it might be taking a little time to get all of our business in order, the club certainly have plenty of irons in the fire this summer. 

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