Steve Mandanda joins Crystal Palace from Marseille on three-year-deal

Crystal Palace have certainly been busy as the transfer window opens; Townsend has signed, and now Steve Mandanda has joined Pardew at the Eagles look to improve on last year.

Steve Mandanda joins Crystal Palace from Marseille on three-year-deal
Mandanda will move to Selhurst Park after Euro 2016

Crystal Palace completed the signing of Steve Mandanda today, after a busy start to the transfer window for Steve Parish and Alan Pardew.

Earlier today they completed the signing of Andros Townsend from Newcastle United for £13m after triggering his release clause, and now they have added another signing in the shape of former Marseille player and French international Mandanda.

They have also shipped out their first player of the window; Dwight Gayle a fan favourite has moved in the opposite direction to Townsend as he will link up with Rafa Benitez as Newcastle look to bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

Mandanda is currently with the French squad at Euro 2016, but he will move to Selhurst Park after the tournament after signing a three-year deal with the Eagles.

Mandanda brings a wealth of experience to the table

Having made over 440 appearances for Marseille and also having won the Ligue 1 and three French League Cups, Mandanda will bring a wealth of experience to Selhurst Park.

And knowing Yohan Cabaye from his time in the national set-up it looks like a good move all round for Mandanda and Palace.

As for the French national team he has made 22 appearances; but with Hugo Lloris Didier Deschamps undoubtedly his number it looks as though Mandanda will struggle to get regular football for his country.

But the arrival of the 31-year-old will certainly mean one of the other keepers on the books might depart; with Julian Speroni signing a new one-year deal earlier this summer, and then Wayne Hennessey and Alex McCarthy already at Selhurst it will be interesting to see what Pardew has in mind in terms of the goalkeeping situation.

Palace have really shown a statement of intent at the beginning of the window, Townsend and Mandanda have come in, and with the club looking to push on after a disappointing second-half of the season, these signings have shown that Palace want to aim a lot higher than the bottom half of the table.