Crystal Palace to hold McArthur contract talks

Alan Pardew is determined to keep the Scotland international, who has become an integral part of the squad since joining the club on transfer deadline day in 2014

GOAL EXCLUSIVE By Graeme Bailey    Follow on Twitter
Crystal Palace are keen to open talks with James McArthur over a new contract to fend off interest from rival clubs, Goal understands.

McArthur joined Palace last summer on deadline day and became a key player in the team and Alan Pardew - who took charge in January - sees him as a vital part of his first team.

Pardew has now told the club's hierarchy to do everything they can to keep McArthur, with a number of Premier League clubs ready to make offers for the midfielder.

Norwich City have lined up a move for McArthur, and West Ham - who are lining up replacements for Alex Song - have been asked to be kept informed of the situation.

Everton - who could see James McCarthy leave this summer - are also keeping tabs on McArthur.

A source close to Palace told Goal: "The club is braced for bids, but the gaffer [Alan Pardew] is determined to keep him.

"There is no doubt the player is happy but the interest elsewhere means they need to try and tie him down to a new deal to put off the other clubs."