Hodgson coy on late deals

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he is looking to strengthen on deadline day but admits it is tough to bring in real quality.

The former Liverpool and England boss was watching on as his side secured a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium on Tuesday night.

However plenty of work is still going on behind the scenes at Selhurst Park, with Palace eager to bolster their squad before the 23:00 deadline.

Preston striker Jordan Hugill has been on their radar but the Championship side are determined to keep hold of their highly-rated forward.

Hodgson has admitted work is ongoing but admitted it is tough to sign top quality players in the January window.

He said: “The chairman and sporting director Dougie Freedman are working – they certainly haven’t left the phone and haven’t stopped trying to improve our squad as they realise it’s something we have to do.

“There are always players out there – but are they players who are going to improve you and help you win games? Those players are much harder to find.”