Yohan Cabaye has arrived at Crystal Palace for a club record fee and the Frenchman could help them finish seventh
Crystal Palace finished tenth in the Premier League last season although they might be setting their sights higher after completing the signing of Yohan Cabaye.
The Frenchman leaves Paris Saint-Germain to reunite with Alan Pardew, with the pair having worked together at Newcastle United before the midfielder left for Paris Saint-Germain.
Cabaye’s game time at PSG has been limited and his desire to remain part of the French Euro 2016 squad means he has made the switch back to England, with Pardew managing to persuade him to sign for the London club ahead of several other Premier League rivals.
Palace can be backed at 20/1 with William Hill to win the “without the big six” betting market which excludes Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham.
That means Palace are competing against the likes of Southampton, Stoke City, Swansea City and Everton for seventh spot and odds of 20/1 look reasonably attractive when you consider Cabaye wouldn’t look out of place in any Premier League team.
In addition, Pardew has proven himself to be a top Premier League manager, having done well with Newcastle last season before guiding Palace away from the drop zone and into the top half of the table.
Pardew had previously been optimistic about the possibility of landing the French midfielder and this will be seen as a real statement of intent from the Eagles.
Asked who Palace can compete with in the transfer market this summer, he said: “Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs.
“While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for. If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.
“You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line,” he added.
“I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that’s for sure.”