Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is penetrating on signing Sunderland’s 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe during a finish of a season, though contingency wait until his possess team’s Premier League destiny is secure before a reunion becomes possible.
Sunderland have been relegated to a Championship and are expected to remove their tip scorer, who has an shun proviso in his contract, though Palace’s slip-up opposite Burnley final weekend means they are not nonetheless protected from a dump themselves.
“If we are protected in a Premier League and Jermain Defoe is accessible and he wants to come to Crystal Palace, I’d be interested,” Allardyce, who managed a striker while in assign of Sunderland final season, told a news discussion on Friday.
“But until that time when we are safe, we can’t pursue that. Maybe by a time we are safe, someone else will have already finished who is protected and who knows. He’ll be a actor in demand, no doubt.”
Palace are in 16th place, 6 points above Swansea City who occupy a final relegation place, and tantalisingly tighten to reserve on 38 points with 3 games to play.
Wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool propelled them divided from a dump zone, though an damage to defender Mamadou Sakho saw them unemployment to back-to-back defeats by Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, with a latter a sold regard for their manager.
“We need to urge rightly again,” Allardyce pronounced forward of Saturday’s outing to fourth-placed Manchester City. “Our fortifying opposite Burnley was absurd for a dual goals, from wasting possession.”
Palace horde relegation rivals Hull City after a City game, before finale their deteriorate during Manchester United, and Allardyce knows he still has a quarrel on his hands to keep his record of never being relegated from a Premier League intact.
“It’s a nonsense, ‘too good to go down’,” he added. “You’re usually as good as a joining position shows you.
“It’s a really shaken affair, this time of year. Us, Hull, Swansea and Leicester have all been creation a large impact newly – we can’t rest on others.”
Winger Andros Townsend is a doubt for Saturday’s diversion while midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been ruled out.
Sakho is in France undergoing reconstruction for his knee damage and Allardyce could not endorse if a Frenchman would redeem in time to play any serve partial in Palace’s quarrel for survival.
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