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Exclusive: Marcus Bent says Palace’s budget could stop them from signing Pereira

Exclusive: Marcus Bent says Palace’s budget could stop them from signing Pereira - Crystal Palace News

Marcus Bent is unsure whether Crystal Palace would have the money to be able to afford to buy West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira, who is a reported summer target.

The managerless Eagles have could lose up to 22 players at the end of the month with contracts expiring, meaning a major rebuild could be required to continue to keep the club in the Premier League.

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And with wide players Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp both out of contract this summer, attacking reinforcements are going to be needed, especially with Palace looking to improve on the 41 goals they scored in the Premier League last season.

But with Palace set to be working on a tight budget once again, loan deals and free transfers are likely to be their best chance of signing players.

Having said that, Palace have shopped in the Championship in recent seasons, with Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson two of their more promising pieces of business, despite a serious knee injury preventing the latter from making a first-team appearance.

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Pereira, who scored 12 goals in 34 appearances last term, is another second-tier player that is likely to be up for sale this summer following West Brom’s relegation, but the 25-year-old is available for £15m according to The Daily Star, via HITC, and Bent exclusively told The Transfer Tavern that could prove a barrier for Palace:

“He scored 12 goals last season, but he’s still young. Palace again with the budget, but I don’t know what kind of budget they’re going to have.

“But looking at the club and where they are, the amount of loan players they have, they’re not going to be challenging for top-10, so it’s all about players that have potential.”


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