Crystal Palace football chief Iain Moody admits they're shopping on the continent for the January market.
Moody admits that France is a prime country to target talent from.
“I speak the language and players over there represent good value,” he told the South London Press. “With the exception of Paris St-Germain and Monaco they don’t pay huge money. Culturally and linguistically they are popular to UK clubs. They produce a disproportionate amount of good players.
“A lot is dictated by the philosophy of a club. I always ask what is the perception? I’ve always known Palace as having razor-sharp wide guys and two guys holding. An athletic and quick team. Apart from the very top teams in England, you don’t have the resource to scout every country. I’d rather concentrate on two or three countries that have a history of producing in the UK rather than spending one week in Poland, one week in Croatia and one week in Belarus. You never get a depth of knowledge.
“If you see a good left-back in Croatia and Portugal it is almost impossible to judge which is best for us. I’d rather watch every left-back in France, Holland and Belgium.”
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