A Friday afternoon in the Transfer Tavern tends to be raucous enough, though the South London locals frequenting over lunch have extra reason to be cheerful.
With Crystal Palace having already signed Andros Townsend today, the Eagles have now confirmed on Twitter their capture of Marseille ‘stopper Steve Mandanda.
The Frenchman has been linked with Everton in the past, though will instead link up with Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park, penning a three-year deal.
He won the Ligue 1 title in 2008 with Les Phocéens, after joining from boyhood charges Le Harve in 2007, initially on loan.
His contract at the Stade Velodrome had expired and the 31-year old Les Blues international will compete with Wales custodian Wayne Hennessey for a place between the sticks.
Despite the Welshman’s heroics in France this summer, he was known within the Tavern to have a penchant for dropping clangers throughout the duration of the season just gone.
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