Pulis targets grafters in window

  • Last Updated: January 9 2014, 13:42 GMT

Tony Pulis is chasing players who will roll their sleeves up and work hard for Crystal Palace in this month's winter transfer window as he bids to mastermind Premier League survival.

Tony Pulis: Seeking hard-working players
Tony Pulis: Seeking hard-working players

Since succeeding Ian Holloway as Palace boss Pulis has taken charge in nine games, claiming four wins and a draw, to ensure the Eagles are not left behind in the race to stay up.

Palace now sit in 18th place in the standings ahead of Saturday's match at Tottenham.

Pulis said: "We've got results which have given us an opportunity and a chance to push on now for the last 18 games. That's what everybody was hoping for.

"The window's open now and we're looking to do some business; we need to do some business. We have to bring in people to strengthen us.

"If you bring the right players in, if you can bring one or two in and they gel quickly enough then they can certainly help you turn your season around or give you that push that you need to get over the line.

"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 in players who just want to jog through six months. We need people who are going to roll their sleeves up, work hard and make a difference and add to what we've got already.

"I've got a list of players, the chairman (Steve Parish) has got that list of players. We need to get deals done if we're going to push on.

"That's always been my thoughts and that was before I got to the football club."

Pulis refused to be drawn on specific targets when asked about Blackburn defender Scott Dann.

He added: "I've been linked with about 40 different players as well. And this is the window - you get linked with everyone."

What is certain is that players will be leaving Selhurst Park.

Striker Kevin Phillips has already left and winger Jimmy Kebe is on his way to Leeds on loan for the rest of the season.

Pulis added: "Kebe is on his way to Leeds as we talk. That'll be a loan until the end of the season. We'll be losing a few players."

Phillips, who scored the goal which won the Championship play-off final for Palace last May, is keen to join a club near his midlands home, with Leicester reportedly keen to sign him.

"He's already left," Pulis added.

"He had a six-month contract. That has run out. I had a good chat with Kevin and he wants to get closer to home, which is the midlands, which I understand.

"He's 40 years of age now. He's an absolutely fantastic lad and did brilliantly here."

Meanwhile Pulis has praised Tottenham for appointing a young British boss in Tim Sherwood but questioned whether his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas had been undermined in transfer dealings last summer.

Pulis was not surprised by the appointment of Sherwood, who had no previous management experience, but suggested the former Blackburn and Spurs captain will have little clout in transfer dealings in working under chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini.

"I think Daniel's made a very good appointment," Pulis said.

"Tim's got the potential to go on and be a top manager, without a question of a doubt.

"I'm pleased it's a British coach that gets one of the top jobs and I'm sure he'll make the most of it.

"He was a very good player, a very determined player. He seems a very focused lad.

"He's 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.

"Fingers crossed he does it, as long as we beat them on Saturday."

Asked about Spurs' spending spree last summer, Pulis added: "Was it Villas-Boas who spent all that money? Was it the manager picking the players?

"Because if I had £100million to spend, I'd really want myself to be spending it on players I wanted for my team, for the way I wanted my team to play.

"You can spend £200million but if it isn't on the players that you think are necessary for your team to be successful, you might struggle a little bit."


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