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Thursday 21 September 2017

Palace's Jenkinson deal in the balance as Sam seeks first win

Carl Jenkinson. Pic: AFP
Carl Jenkinson. Pic: AFP

Sam Allardyce has revealed Crystal Palace's pursuit of Carl Jenkinson is "hanging in the balance" and also hinted at frustration surrounding a potential move for Patrice Evra.

After recruiting Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester the manager is attempting to further strengthen his team, but an agreement with Arsenal for full-back Jenkinson is being delayed by negotiations with the player's agent.

Allardyce also did not dismiss an interest in Juventus' Evra despite Schlupp's arrival, but asked about the 24-year-old Jenkinson, responded: "I think that's (down to) negotiations between the chairman and the player's agent.

"While we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal, that agreement with the player hasn't reached a conclusion, so that's hanging in the balance, as we say.

The Palace manager was then asked about progress regarding Evra, and he said: "From my point of view, there would be many contacts made by the chairman, myself, to agents on whether these players are available, whether they want to come or whether they don't."

Allardyce continues to wait for his first victory since his December appointment, and tonight Palace host his former club Bolton in an FA Cup third-round replay.

"At this stage of the year we're concerned about bigger things than the FA Cup," Allardyce added.

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