Crystal Palace boss Pardew confirms interest in Bendtner

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 3:18 - Rob Conlon

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Alan Pardew admits former Arsenal duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner are among the strikers he wants to sign for Crystal Palace.

Bendtner is understood to be available on loan after falling down the pecking order at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, where he has made just three starts this term.

Palace have failed to score in their last five matches and only one of their current forward line – Connor Wickham – has notched a Premier League goal this season.

“We’re still going down the line of Adebayor and a couple of the others mentioned, but a few more have come to light,” Eagles manager Pardew said.

“Bendtner is available, and there’s someone else we are looking at. We’re after someone who can fit into our group and give us a lift. A big player coming in might do that.

“We’re having a terrific season, but we’re experiencing a lull right now. So we need to give the fans a lift, as well as those in our group.

“We have to take that opportunity [and secure a forward]. It will make sense for our fans, our players, and our chairman, Steve Parish. He’s probably keener than me and is hunting around for one.”

However, Pardew is wary of paying an inflated fee for a new signing with clubs hiking asking prices due to the Premier League’s recent surge in wealth.

“The most important part is people remain realistic,” he added.

“But what are realistic figures at the moment? Some of the figures being bandied around for good players, but not great players, are ridiculous in my opinion.

“With the new television contract in the summer, it’s important we keep sensible heads and try and do deals which are right for both clubs.”

Pardew, meanwhile, also confirmed Wayne Hennessey will start in goal against Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Wales international was publicly criticised after errors in defeats to Aston Villa and Manchester City.

“He’ll play Saturday. He’s battered and bruised, though,” Pardew added.

“We’ve not let him hide from those mistakes. We’ve made it clear there’s no point burying his head in the sand. He was our player of the month for December, but he has to get back to his best. And quickly. He has to show on Saturday that he can cope and do well again.

“Times like this make you as a player. It’s when you get strong. He’s a laid-back character, not one to lay in bed and worry at night too much, but I’ve made him worry.

“My process has been to get him out of bed and into action. He’s a good guy, an honest guy, and he’s been terrific this year. But it’s a serious business. He’s made a couple of errors, so the spotlight’s on him: he has to respond.”

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