Steve Parish confirms his club had deal in place
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has revealed that Chelsea hijacked their agreed deal for Reading centre-back Michael Hector.
The Eagles were in the market for a new defender and had already agreed a fee and a deal with the Championship outfit for Hector, until Chelsea got involved.
The Blues moved quickly and snapped up the deal for just over £4million after Steve Clarke agreed to sell to his former-club.
The 23-year-old will now spend the season on loan at Reading, becoming the 33rd player to be loaned out by the Premier League champions this year.
After the deal was done and after deadline day finished, Parish spoke about Palace‘s business and he confirmed that the club missed out on Hector when Chelsea came calling.
“Unfortunately the might of Chelsea came in and the player chose to go there. But at least we’re getting the right targets, aren’t we? Our scouting set-up must be doing the right thing.
“You don’t win them all. We live to fight another day. I’m sure he’ll do very well at Chelsea. We don’t hold any grudges. I think he supported them as a kid.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt
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