Olly not a fan of the summer.
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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has shed light on the club’s troubles at bringing in fresh faces ahead of the new season by labelling the summer transfer window “an absolute nightmare,” Sky Sports reports.
Holloway guided the club back to the top flight via the playoffs last season and had been hoping to make a number of quality signings in order to prevent the side from an immediate return to the Championship, but has so far found the necessary players hard to come by.
Palace have already added six new players in the form of Stephen Dobbie, Dwight Gayle, Jerome Thomas, Jose Campana, Kevin Phillips and Elliot Grandin.
But Holloway wants even more, and is determined to continue to make new additions before the window closes on September 2nd.
“The market is absolutely crazy,” he said. “You have a certain time to go shopping and you have to go shopping at the same time and everyone sees how much money you have.
“I have had to turn my phone off because it’s on meltdown. It’s an absolute nightmare but once you sift through it, using my 18 years of experience as a manager, we will get some good signings in. I might need five, six or even seven.”
Palace have been left with a huge void this season as Wilfred Zaha has left to join Manchester United, and last season’s highest goal scorer, Glenn Murray, is currently injured, leaving Holloway with an increasing need to find a goalscorer, which has inevitably linked them with Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh.
When asked about a move for the Morocco international Holloway replied: “You will have to speak to my chairman about that one. If it happens then it happens, if it doesn’t then it doesn’t.
“We still need to make a few more additions. With Wilfried going and Glenn [injured], I’ve lost a lot of goals. We have set ourselves targets and we need to be able to give ourselves the best chance to compete in the Premier League.”