With Crystal Palace’s position in the Premier League safe for another season, Sam Allardyce can begin to plan ahead and outline his intentions for the coming summer.
Allardyce will meet with Steve Parish next week regarding their recruitment plans and transfer activity, with a number of potential targets being discussed as well as players who could find themselves on the way out of Selhurst Park.
The Guardian note that midfielder James McArthur is the subject of interest from newly-promoted Brighton.
McArthur has been a key member of the Palace squad this season, making 28 appearances, scoring five goals and contributing four assists in the Premier League, helping the Eagles beat the drop.
Statistically, this has been the 29-year-old’s best season for Palace since he completed a £7.5m move from Wigan in 2014 and he’s become a bit of a fan favourite in his time.
Allardyce wasn’t afforded much of an opportunity to assess his squad and make the changes he wanted to having come in to play firefighter with such limited time before the January transfer window, but now he will get that opportunity, and perhaps McArthur will be one of the players he looks to move on for the right price.
Only contracted until the end of next season, this could be the best opportunity to cash-in on the Scotsman if Allardyce doesn’t see him having a long-term future at the club.