Parish: Selling Zaha ‘a bridge too far’

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish feels winger Wilfried Zaha is "like a transfer" after the club managed to fend off interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old, who has represented England on two occasions, was strongly linked with a move to Spurs in the latter stages of the transfer window.

However, with the Eagles having already sanctioned the departures of Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak, Parish felt that allowing Zaha to join the list of high-profile departures would have been a "bridge too far".

That being said, the London outfit did manage to bring in some exciting talents in key areas, including striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool in a reported £32.5 million deal.

Manager Alan Pardew also drafted in Steve Mandanda, Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Loic Remy to round off a busy transfer window for the Eagles.

When asked for his assessment of Crystal Palace's transfer dealings, Parish told the Times: "Losing Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak was a big loss, but overall we had a positive market.

"We didn't score enough last year and with Loic Remy and Christian Benteke, we have bought goals.

"And keeping Wilfried Zaha was like a transfer for us. Selling him would have been a bridge too far."

Parish added: "Crystal Palace, the transfer fees we have paid, when you look historically at the size of the club, there is no other similar side in Europe that could come close to matching our spending.

"There is no German club outside of Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund who can.

"We don't get value for money, really. You have to buy assets that you can recycle.

"A club like us, you have to accept that you need to reinvent, as Southampton have done brilliantly over the last three or four years."

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