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Pulis keen for new recruits

Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody has already held talks with new manager Tony Pulis about strengthening the squad in January.

Pulis only took charge of Palace last week and the struggling south Londoners picked up a 1-0 win over West Ham in his first home game on Tuesday night.

This much needed victory lifted Palace off the bottom of the Premier League, but they remain three points from safety and Pulis has quickly realised the need for new recruits.

Moody also recently arrived at Selhurst Park following a spell at top flight-rivals Cardiff City and admits that changes will be made next month after initial talks with Pulis and co-chairman Steve Parish.

"Of course, it's become one of the most talked about moments of the season, the dawning of January around the corner," he told Sky Sports News.

"Clubs in positions like us obviously are obliged to try and look at ways we can tweak and improve the squad. Tony and I already had a number of meetings about ways in which we think that is possible.

"Steve's very much part of that conversation as well so there is a number of important decisions for us to make, areas of the squad we have already identified that probably need strengthening and changes that we are going to be making.

"As ever with these things it's an ongoing process, you can't always be certain about what's going to be available to you, but we've got quite a good idea of what needs to be done and we're cracking on with it already."

Moody insists morale is not low at the club, despite their lowly position in the table, and remains confident that Palace can pull clear of trouble.

He said: "It's a fantastic club. I've been so impressed and enthused by the quality of people and the enthusiasm and the work ethic of people in all parts of the club since I came here three weeks ago.

"There's a great togetherness and willingness and understanding that there's an enormous task in front of all of us, but a belief that by everyone pulling together in the right direction and remaining as one that we can achieve the initial aim which is to stay in this league."