Jordan defends January's thrift

Last updated : 17 May 2005 By Nik Taylor

Palace chairman Simon Jordan has hit out at those critics who are blaming the Eagles’ relegation on his tight purse strings.

Palace did not make a single signing during the January transfer window – a time when manager Iain Dowie had publicly stated he wanted to bring in three or four new faces.

Meanwhile, Premiership survivors West Brom were bringing in the likes of Kevin Campbell and Robert Earnshaw to bolster their own squad.

But Jordan maintains he did all he could to bring fresh players to Selhurst Park, only to be thwarted from getting any of them.

"I went after players through my management staff," Jordan told the BBC London radio station.

"We gave Crewe an offer of £3million for Dean Ashton but for some reason [Crewe manager] Dario Gradi advised him to join Norwich.

"We believed we had a deal for Igor Biscan but he was then named in Liverpool's Champions League team.

"We agreed a fee for Neil Clement but he used our offer as leverage to get a long-term deal at West Brom."

Jordan also confirmed the rumour about why the move for former Brighton striker Bobby Zamora fell through.

"We also wanted Bobby Zamora but the player received death threats," Jordan said.