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Exclusive: Pundit backs Patrick Vieira to welcome big names to Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira will have no problem attracting big names to Crystal Palace, according to Carlton Palmer.

Former Arsenal captain Vieira succeeded Roy Hodgson as the Eagles’ new manager earlier this month.

His appointment came after chairman Steve Parish had initially been frustrated in his attempts to attract a new boss, having ended negotiations with Nuno Espirito Santo and seen former Borussia Dortmund chief Lucien Favre turn down the opportunity to move into the Selhurst Park dugout.

How many signings do Crystal Palace need to make?

4 or less

4 or less

5 or more

5 or more

Vieira will have to lead a squad rebuild ahead of the new season kicking off next month after Palace allowed several players to run down their existing contracts.

Eleven players saw their deals expire at the end of June, although some may return following talks with Vieira.

Palmer, who won 18 England caps in his playing days, has backed Vieira to make some eye-catching new signings and also welcome some free agents to south London.

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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Palmer said: “Patrick is well-known in the game and has a good reputation. People will want to come and play for Patrick Vieira so if he can get one or two players in on frees and has £80million, he can use that wisely.

“I don’t think Patrick will be going out to sign anybody for £40million, but he certainly needs to bring in five or six players to strengthen the squad.”

Article title: Exclusive: Pundit backs Patrick Vieira to welcome big names to Crystal Palace

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