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Pardew expects more firepower

Alan Pardew is expecting the Crystal Palace strikeforce to be bolstered this week, although England international Rickie Lambert will not be one of those arriving at Selhurst Park.

Having ended a turbulent four-year spell at Newcastle to take the reins in south London, the former Eagles midfielder enjoyed a dream return to his old stomping ground on Saturday.

Pardew's first Premier League match at the helm saw Palace defeat high-flying Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst Park, ending an eight-match wait for a top-flight victory, stretching back to November 23.

That win propelled the south Londoners out of the relegation zone but, while understandably delighting the new manager, has not changed his plans for the January window.

"We still need one or two players," Pardew said. "That is progressing pretty good and we hope to have some news this week, which I think might help us.

"We are kind of monitoring strikers. I don't think my pool of strikers have any problem with that. They know competition is coming in.

"[Glenn] Murray was terrific and I was really pleased with him and that is a boost for us, but there will be, hopefully, a striker or two arriving."

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo are amongst those being linked with a move to Selhurst Park, so too is Liverpool frontman Lambert.

Pardew has made an enquiry about the man he signed from Bristol Rovers in 2009 when Southampton manager, only to be told the England international will not be leaving Anfield.

"I did have a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers], but I don't think that Rickie is going anywhere," he said.

"I think that Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position. I have no doubt that he can do that."

Jermain Defoe is another to have been heavily linked with Palace, with bookmakers going as far as to suspend the betting on him joining from Toronto FC.

"Personally, no [I have not enquired about him] but I know Jermain from my West Ham days and I know what he can do," Pardew said.

"It will be interesting to see if he comes on the market and if he pitches in. He will probably have a couple of choices, I should think."

Pardew, like predecessor Neil Warnock, knows how important it is to swell the striking options at his disposal.

Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Kevin Doyle, Gayle and Murray have scored just seven league goals between them this term, although the latter looks set to become an important figure under Pardew.

Murray's Palace future had looked bleak but, having spent much of the season on loan at Reading, made his first Premier League start of the campaign against Spurs, producing a performance which impressed Pardew.

"I thought he was terrific and he has done himself no harm," he said.

"I think he is a good guy. I would be reluctant to let him go back out on loan. I think he might be important until the end of the year.

"He has just that bit of experience and it might have suited him to do the last 20 minutes - when the chance come you know that he has that authority to finish it, so, no, I don't think [signing an experienced striker] is necessary."

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