Steve Parish: Crystal Palace takeover talks ongoing

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has revealed talks have been ongoing from an interesting buyer, while stressing that he has no immediate plans to sell up, reports BBC Sport.

Parish has said the investment is to improve their stadium – Selhurst Park. He believes Palace’s ground has been “long overdue” some work on it, and admitted that it’s been too costly in the past to do so. The Eagles are in fantastic shape this season, with the club in with a shout to finish in the top-half of the Premier League, while spending on transfers has been minimal. Manager Alan Pardew has turned Palace’s fortunes around, and off the pitch it makes the side a more attractive proposition.

Reports suggested American billionaire Josh Harris came close to taking over the club last year, and he could well be the man in the frame currently. Parish failed to confirm if it was Harris he was speaking too, but did reveal that he could remain at the club following a takeover, as per the investors’ request. The Palace co-chairman has big plans to make the London club more than a side happy to consolidate in the Premier League, he wants to leave a “legacy” in his time with them.

“The only reason for us to get money in is to improve the infrastructure. There is no rush and we are in a good place. We are long overdue some ground improvements. They are very costly. The people we’ve spoken to want me to carry on being involved. If that’s the right thing for the club then I will be. I want to leave a legacy. I won’t be happy until we’ve made some major improvements to the ground and are a solid Premier League team. There’s lots of work to do,” he said.

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