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·27 January 2023

Crystal Palace 'risking friction with Vieira' at Selhurst Park

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Crystal Palace’s board risk causing ‘friction’ between themselves and manager Patrick Vieira if they do not make any signings this month, Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor has told GiveMeSport.

It has been a quiet January for the Eagles so far, who are yet to make any acquisitions to their first-team squad despite their recent struggles on the pitch.

Vieira revealed that he believes he needs a ‘couple’ of fresh faces to take Palace to the ‘next level’ at the start of the month.

“We are in a really good place, but I believe to go to the next level, a couple of players will be important for us,” admitted the French tactician to Sky Sports (via the Evening Standard).

And Vieira then stated how transfer targets have been outlined, saying: “We have identified the names of those players that we wanted. Now everything is in the hands of the football club to try and make it happen.

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However, Palace chairman Steve Parish has claimed that the south London side will ‘probably’ be forced to look at the loan market this month.

“There are one or two things we’d like to do, probably more loans than buys,” he said. “We would really look to the summer to do anything major.”

What has Taylor said about Palace?

Palace have been one of the most cautious sides in the Premier League in the transfer market in recent years, spending just over £100 million over the last 18 months.

And Taylor told GMS that he believes the capital club could do with some cover in central midfield when asked where he expects Palace to try and strengthen.

He said: “Maybe an extra bit of cover in midfield as well. I expect them to bring in a few signings because if they don’t, it’s going to cause friction between Vieira and the board.”

Who could Palace sign this January?

Matt Woosnam, who reports on Palace for The Athletic, has revealed that they are in discussions with Stuttgart over a deal for midfielder Naouirou Ahamada.

two goals and two assists in 17 Bundesliga appearances so far this season as his side aim to stay above the relegation zone.

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Ahamada is naturally a box-to-box midfielder adept at both ends of the pitch but has also been used at the base of the engine room on several occasions throughout his senior career.

With Palace failing to replace Conor Gallagher in the summer following his successful loan spell from Chelsea, Ahamada may be viewed as the ideal heir to the England international.

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