Crystal Palace complete signing of QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

Written by Matt Woosnam

Crystal Palace have made their third major summer signing with the acquistion of Alex McCarthy for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £3.5million.
Alex McCarthy
The Eagles have already snapped up Yohan Cabaye for a club record fee, and Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea.

The goalkeeper joins on a four-year deal after speculation throughout the summer that he would swap west London for south London.

 

McCarthy joined Rangers from Reading last summer but found himself frustrated as he sat on the bench and played only four times for the club.

He began his career at Reading, and made 75 appearances for the Royals, including 13 in the Premier League, before then linking up with QPR for an undisclosed fee last August, despite rumoured interest from Liverpool. 

But his spell at QPR has not been a happy one and McCarthy will be given the chance to compete with Julian Speroni for the No 1 shirt between the sticks at Selhurst Park this season.

The move is likely to see Wayne Hennessey depart to West Bromwich Albion to rejoin former manager Tony Pulis, although he has travelled with the squad to South Africa. 


 

Crystal Palace Secure Chelsea Striker Patrick Bamford on Season-Long Loan

Written by Robert Sutherland

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Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan. 

The young striker signed a three-year contract with his current club before completing his move to SE25, perhaps an indicator of just how highly he is regarded at the West London side. 

Bamford started his career in football as a youth player for Nottingham Forest, and was signed by Chelsea for £1.5m after making just two appearances for the club. He then immediately joined MK Dons on loan, where he made 37 appearances scoring 18 goals. His spell at Derby saw a return of eight goals in 21 starts, while 39 games at Boro last season saw a return of 17 goals. 

While his scoring record is impressive, it will be interesting to see just how he fits into Alan Pardew's side, and whether that scoring touch can adapt to the challenge of Premier League football. 

It is likely that Bamford will join up with the rest of the Palace squad on their trip to South Africa. 


 

Loice Remy denies Crystal Palace transfer will happen

Written by Robert Sutherland

Loic Remy has denied he will be making the move across London from Chelsea to Crystal Palace.

Remy says that while interest from Crystal Palace is flattering, his focus lies on getting more time on the pitch with his current club Chelsea. 

Remy said: "“I am [flattered by the interest] but I never wanted to leave this club because I feel really good.

“Of course I want to play more but I’m sure I can play more here."

Despite a summer in which he has been linked with a move away, with Palace frequently mentioned (and are many bookmakers' favourites to sign the Frenchman) Remy has spent the summer ensuring he's ready to return to Chelsea's starting line-up. 

“That’s my target and I just try to make it happen by working hard and show everybody and the manager that he can count on me. For me, my mind is here and I don’t want to leave at the minute.

“For so many reasons I want to stay – because we won two trophies last season and because I’m sure that we’re going to win more, so for me it is really exciting.  

“I want to be a part of this project and there is no reason for me to leave now."

It looks like Palace will need to find another attacking option - although they are also the bookies' favourites to sign Remy's Chelsea team-mate Patrick Bamford.


 

Going to Edinburgh Festival? Here are some Crystal Palace supporting comedians and their shows

Written by Joe Bloggs

Going to the Edinburgh Festival? There are some Palace fans doing standup comedy! We've listed them for you below.

Kevin Day - Gilded Baloon, 6.15pm, 8th-30th August

Star, well member, of the FYP Podcast and Edinburgh Fesitval legend brings his latest solo show to the Fringe and it's bloody aces.  'Beautifully crafted, cleverly paced, hugely funny show' (Scotland on Sunday). 'Day is quite simply performing at the top of his game.' **** (List). Tickets: £10

Jim Daly - Jekyll and Hyde, 2pm 8th-15th August, 12.30pm 16th-21st August

The FYP Podcast host is doing his first ever show at Edinburgh and brings his mix of comedy songs and jokes to the stage alongside his girlfriend and partner in crime Miranda Dawe. Tickets: FREE!

PREVIEW SHOW AUGUST 1ST IN LONDON. TICKETS HERE.

Mark Steel - Assembly George Square Studios, 8.15pm 8th-30th August

If you saw him at the Crystal Palace Comedy Festival you'll know how amazing Mark Steel is. Well worth seeing. 'He's a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny' (Guardian). 'Excellent stand-up' (Times). 'Steel's rapier wit cuts to the chase' (Observer). Tickets: £14.

Elliot Steel - Kildernkin, 10pm 8th-29th August

Mark's son also does standup (and is also a big Palace fan) and is performing alongside Twitter star Jake Lambert. 'Excitable ADD-fuelled delivery' (Chortle.co.uk). Tickets: FREE

Jo Brand - The Assembly Rooms, 12.45pm 19th August - 

Jo Brand returns to the Fringe to celebrate Gilded Balloon’s 30th Anniversary! Long established as one of the UK’s best female comics. This BAFTA and four-time British Comedy Award winner takes a break from her regular TV appearances on prime time panel shows such as the BBC’s QI and Have I Got News for You, and makes a welcome return to the Gilded Balloon! Tickets: £12

Alistair Williams - Cowgatehead, 11.45pm 18th- 30th August

Piccadilly Comedy Club's New Comedian of the Year Alistair Williams is at Edinburgh with So You Think You're Funny winner Edd Hedges. Both a bloody brilliant. Tickets: FREE!