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Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has issued a major Crystal Palace deadline day update, confirming that Wilfried Zaha is staying and no further signings will be arriving having spoken to manager Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson tells me no more signings at Palace but Zaha is STAYING. Interview next on @SkySportsNews
— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) August 8, 2019
Bridge had tweeted on Wednesday that he was expecting up to four new arrivals to come in at Selhurst Park – although this was before the announcements of Victor Camarasa and James McCarthy – but no more have been forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Zaha is reported to have handed in a transfer request to try and force through a move away with Everton a preferred destination, but the chances of that happening have now been ended by Hodgson.
While Palace should be happy in a way that they are keeping their Ivorian talisman at SE25, they must now get him in the right frame of mind with the new Premier League season just days away.
In addition, there must also be some concerns that they haven’t added either a new striker or a right-back to their squad, following the departures of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alexander Sorloth.
The south London outfit look to be short of quality and depth in both of those positions now, with Christian Benteke far from prolific in the previous two seasons and the injury-prone Connor Wickham only playing 42 matches in four seasons at Selhurst. Meanwhile, it could well be Joel Ward who is trusted to fill in at full-back.
A tough period beckons between now and January, then.