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Alan Pardew has rubbished reports Crystal Palace will swoop for Newcastle's Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul, branding speculation as "unwelcome".
Palace boss Pardew ruled out signing a goalkeeper at all this summer, putting his full faith in Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey.
Former Newcastle boss Pardew said he had made no contact with Krul or the St James' Park club, and backed the 27-year-old to remain on Tyneside this summer.
"Well I'm surprised at that because there's been no contact between me and Newcastle, and certainly there's been no contact between me and the player or the agents who represent him," said Pardew.
"I don't know where that's come from, and quite frankly it's unwelcome really.
"I have a great situation with my goalies here. Tim Krul is a great goalie but he's a Newcastle goalie and I'm pretty confident that's where he'll stay.
"So I don't understand that, but as far as we're concerned we're looking at a number of players for next year, but at the moment not the goalkeeping position."
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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says he takes no satisfaction from seeing his new club overtake former employers Newcastle in the league.
Pardew has taken the Eagles from the relegation zone to now being one place above Newcastle.
I think my record at Newcastle speaks for itself.
I was manager of the year there just three or four years ago so I don't need to talk about that.
It gives me no satisfaction, and I mean that with all of my heart, that we are above them.
I can understand why some of the media would think that because of the way I left the football club, but the fact is the results we have had here have been terrific and I am really pleased with the progress the club is making.
That's what your focus is as a manager. You don't look back.
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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has responded to his manager Alan Pardew's claim that he should cheer up by saying: "I will smile when I need to."
Following Palace's 3-1 win over QPR - in which Zaha scored the first goal - just over a week ago, Pardew said the 22-year-old had not been "smiling enough" and was prone to having "a little sulk".
Pardew suggested that was something Zaha needed to "get rid of", along with thoughts of his disappointing time with Manchester United, for the good of his game and career.
The twice-capped England international then showed a range of emotions on Saturday in Palace's 2-1 victory at Stoke, looking frustrated as he picked up a booking for shoving Geoff Cameron but then grinning broadly after he netted for a second successive match, coolly slotting away what proved to be the winner.
And Zaha said after the contest: "When it is time to be serious I'm serious. When it is time to play around I will play around.
"I will smile when I need to."
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Goals from Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward have given Crystal Palace a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead at half-time against relegation-threatened QPR.
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QPR boss Chris Ramsey views Saturday's game at Crystal Palace as a "cup final" with both London sides battling to avoid relegation.
Rangers have lost their last three Premier League games, including a 2-1 home defeat to Ramsey's former side Tottenham last time out, and are 18th in the standings - three points adrift of safety.
Palace are 12th but only eight points above QPR.
We understand this game is a cup final for us. You don't have to say much to the players. Everyone wants to stay in the division.
All of our games are a must-win from now on. Everyone is fighting and we have to win soon in order not to become detached.