Alan Pardew has ruled out signing a defender or midfielder to strengthen Crystal Palace’s chances of succeeding in the FA Cup, reiterating his only transfer target is a striker.
The manager watched his team progress to the competition’s fourth round with a 2-1 victory at Southampton, but was aware that had they been stronger in the final third they would have won more convincingly.
Ward’s 29th-minute goal ended Palace’s run of three games without scoring in which their need for a new striker has been highlighted, but despite reports of interest in Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and others, former Newcastle boss Pardew was insistent that only a goalscorer is likely to arrive.
“We’ve been linked with a couple of defenders: there will be no defenders coming to this football club,” said the manager, who has made no secret of his intention to prioritise the FA Cup this season.
“We’ve been linked with a couple of midfield players: there will be no midfield players coming to this club.
“But we are looking for an offensive player, a striker-type player, someone who’s going to contribute to a goal tally.”
Newcastle have been linked with a move for England international Shelvey this month, after he fell out of favour at Swansea.
However, Steve McClaren's priority remains a striker also, after they slipped to a fourth successive 1-0 defeat when crashing out of the FA Cup against Watford.