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Pulis Talks Transfers And Tottenham

9 January 2014

Palace manager Tony Pulis says he is looking to bring in players who will “roll their sleeves up and work hard” for the club during the January transfer window. 

Pulis confirmed that he would be in the market for additions to his squad this month, but would only be signing “the right players” to help the Eagles in the Premier League survival bid. 

The gaffer was speaking at his press conference ahead of the clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and said of the January transfer window: “It can be a good time. It’s a difficult time, but if you bring the right players in and they gel quick enough, then they can certainly help you turn your season round or give you that push that you need to get over the line.

“I’ve been linked with about 40 different players and this is the window – you get linked with everyone. 

“I’m looking for players that are available. The important thing at this football club is that we bring players in who have got something to prove. I don’t want to be bringing players in if I can help it who just turn up and want to jog through six months.

“We need players who are going to really, really roll their sleeves up, work hard and make a difference, or add to what we’ve got already. 

“I’ve got a list of players, the chairman’s got that list of players – we need to do it and we need to get deals done if we are going to push on.”

Palace face their second away game in eight days when they face Tottenham on Saturday, following a 2-0 FA Cup win at West Bromwich Albion.

And Pulis is pleased with his side’s away form going into the London derby, which has seen them win three of their last six on the road in all competitions – with two of those defeats coming against title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City. 

“Watching the team win away from home gives you confidence because although you need to win your home games, we have the same amount of away games coming up,” Pulis said. 

“To be able to go into those games knowing that you can get points away from home is important.”

But the boss knows it will be a tough task to notch up another away victory at White Hart Lane, against a side who have been rejuvenated since the appointment of Tim Sherwood. 

Pulis added: “I think Tottenham have got a fantastic group of players, a fantastic squad and Tim’s been given the job – I’m pleased that it’s an English coach that gets one of the top jobs and I’m sure he’ll make the most of it.

“He was a very, very good player, a very determined player. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times, I don’t know him that well, but he seems a very focused lad. 

“He’s got a fantastic vehicle, he’s very, very lucky to get a club like Tottenham as his first job and I’m sure he’ll be determined to make a good fist of it.”

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