EXCLUSIVE: Palace co-chairman hopeful on George Boyd signing
CRYSTAL Palace co-chairman Stephen Browett says that George Boyd is a player the Eagles are keen to conclude a deal for and that Peterborough United have lowered their asking price for the player.
And he revealed that the club are looking at signings going forward and is confident of landing at least two out of a possible four targets.
"We're looking at bringing in a couple of players in attacking positions – wingers, strikers, or the combination of the two," Browett exclusively told Advertiser Sport.
"It's chief executive Phil Alexander who does all the hard work with transfers, in consultation with Steve (Parish) and I on whether we should or shouldn't sign a player.
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"George Boyd is a player of interest. Peterborough offered him to us at a price we thought was too high, so we negotiated a lower price.
"As of Tuesday night, we hadn't spoken to the player yet, so I think it was a bit premature for their chairman there to tweet about it – it's not the way we like to operate until any transfer is completed.
"There were no tweets, press releases or comments from the directors at Palace on Wilfried Zaha until the deal to Manchester United was done, and it will be the same for George Boyd or any other player.
"We're not going to comment on it until it happens. But it is true that they have lowered the asking price.
"We haven't agreed to pay it, but that fee is now interesting and it doesn't mean it's going to happen."
And Browett admits he's a fan of the skilful attacking player, who is a boyhood Palace fan.
"I hope it happens, but for all we know, the player might want £25,000 a-week and a 20-year contract!," he said.
"He's a very good player and every time we play Peterborough he seems to be their best player.
"It's nice that he's a Palace fan but it's not that important. It's about getting the best player possible.
"Phil Alexander was looking to hold talks this morning, but I don't know if he's managed to get hold of the player and agent yet.
"I know Phil was going up to Huddersfield, so maybe he's met them on the M1 or something."
Asked where he could be utilised in Palace's starting line-up, Browett believes the Boyd could play in a number of positions, including just behind lone striker Glenn Murray.
"If Yannick Bolasie or Wilfried were to get injured or suspended, we haven't got a lot of choice in terms of winger back-up," he said.
"But Boyd can also play in the hole behind the striker, which is where Owen Garvan and Andre Moritz have been playing.
"With Garvan injured, you can argue that Moritz or Jonathan Williams can only play in that role, so it's good to have cover but it's certainly not a done deal.
"In the past, I know that when people have tried to buy George Boyd, they've been quoted £1m plus more fees."
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