Parish says Eagles are ready to sign Ferguson and Tosun this summer

Steve Parish

Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish says the club will go back in for West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson in the summer.

A deadline day move for the 19-year-old collapsed due to a knee injury being picked up on a scan.

Ferguson has since undergone surgery and Palace hope to land the right back when his contract expires at the end of the season.

“That was very unfortunate, the deal was all agreed,” said Parish to the club’s website. “When he arrived during our medical, he had an issue that needed a long time resolving. You won’t see that player this season.

“The player had six months to go on his contract in January. We’re still keen on that deal and we’re confident we can make that happen as we think an awful lot of the player.

“We don’t want to go to our second choices and don’t want to sign players just for the sake of it because it gets a good PR story. Although we understand giving people a lift is important.”

Parish revealed they were also close to signing 22-year-old striker Christian Kouame from Genoa last month but a serious knee injury scuppered the deal.

“We were hopeful of doing a bit more in January, we had a bid accepted for the striker Kouame,” he said. “Unfortunately he had a cruciate injury the week after. It was outside the window we agreed the deal, so they were still playing him.”

Palace’s sole arrival during the window was the loan signing of Everton forward Cenk Tosun and Parish says they have an option in place to buy the Turkish star.

“Every transfer window, people want signings,” he added. “They’re typically the people who crucify you if you sign the wrong player if they don’t work out. We know there’s work to do on the squad but we need to do it in a considered manner.

“Roy [Hodgson] felt we needed more firepower so we took Cenk and we have an option to buy him. Obviously if we had bought him for £20m that would have been an excellent PR story.

“But he’s in the building and I think he’ll be a big help going into the next six months. I see no reason why we can’t make that a permanent deal in the summer.”