Palace boss Roy Hodgson has hinted that his side is looking to make four new signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline day.
The Eagles have been one of the quiet clubs this window, having only signed Jordan Ayew from Swansea for £2.5m and ‘keeper Stephen Henderson from Nottingham Forest on a free move.
In terms of sales, however, they have earned £50m from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Man United, and Hodgson hopes his side can use some of the money in these last days of the window.
“We wanted four and then we sold [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, so that meant five really and that’s not counting the goalkeeper,” Hodgson said.
“At the moment we have got one of that five so there is still plenty of spaces in the number that we identified as being important for us to have in order to get the full squad, so there is still work to be done.”
He went on to admit that Palace are usually active in the final days of any transfer window.
“Normally any transfers that take place at Crystal Palace are late ones,” Hodgson added.
“I know that the chairman and Doug Freeman are still working hard on certain targets that we’ve had, so I can only hope that they will be able to get those deals done.
“They seem to be very optimistic that it will happen and I see no reason not to share their optimism.”
One major positive for Hodgson is that Wilfried Zaha looks unlikely to depart this window after the club rejected bids from Arsenal and Everton.
Zaha returned to training recently and Hodgson said “he was fine”.
The Eagles have had a difficult pre-season campaign where they won just one out of eight games. Hodgson blames that form on lack of key individuals and he hopes their return can ignite some spark ahead of the new Premier League season.
“The way pre-season was set up was excellent, the major problem has been the lack of personnel.
“We’ve been involved in all the games we played virtually with no more than half of the players who saw us through the end of last season.
“We have to start again with quite a few players because four or five of our most important players have not been with us.
“If we are going to get to the level we got to last season, it’s going to be a question of making sure one or two who are still unfit from the end of last season can become fit again and join us on the field of play.”