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 By PA Sport

Palace boss Alan Pardew hits out at Neil Warnock over Charlie Austin talk

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hit back at Neil Warnock after the former Eagles boss said he thought Charlie Austin would be a good fit at Selhurst Park.

Warnock made the comments to talkSPORT earlier in the week and Pardew responded in kind during a news conference ahead of Palace's FA Cup clash at Southampton on Saturday.

The Eagles boss also claimed that he was not looking to sign the Queens Park Rangers striker.

"Neil Warnock was the manager here and he didn't do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion," Pardew said. "Charlie Austin is of no interest to us."

Pardew criticised the transfer rumours circulating the club, saying there was no truth in any of the names, including Emmanuel Adebayor, that have been linked with a move to Palace in January.

He said: "In this media-savvy world that the managers have to be in now, you have to know exactly what is being said and what is going around, and I have seen all the players that have been linked with us and not one of those is true.

QPR's Charlie Austin would give Palace the depth they need in attack.
Charlie Austin has been linked with a move away from Queens Park Rangers.

"Somebody is giving out false information. We are looking at one or two choices but the names that have been linked with us, it is not them.

"You are always having to make progress. We all know the prize in May of staying in the Premier League. There is a little less pressure on us but that doesn't mean we are not in the game and we are determined to make sure there is business there if it is right for us."

Palace have suffered with injuries this season but Pardew believes they are over the worst of it with Bakary Sako available this weekend, while Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham are looking to be fit in time to face Aston Villa on Tuesday.

He added: "We had a little period at the start of the season which made us address some issues in the medical team. I have been much more comfortable during this injury crisis that our medical team have been spot on.

"I like to think when these guys come back they won't break down. You can never say never, but I feel a little bit more confident.

"[Gayle] is coming back to fitness, which is very important. Him and Connor Wickham have been making great progress and we believe they will be back against Villa.

"Sako is definitely available for this one on Saturday so really good news going forward. He is important because he can get a goal out of nothing which is something which is obviously at the top of my agenda at the moment, scoring goals. So he gives me a weapon which I haven't had for five or six games."

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