Alan Pardew has been talking up Ayoze Perez ahead of the January transfer window.

The former Newcastle boss says that the Spaniard has a ‘special quality’ and that he can understand why there is speculation that he will leave Tyneside in January.

Both Tottenham and Manchester United have been reported to have an interest in Ayoze Perez but not Crystal Palace…as yet.

Pardew says everybody could see that ‘special quality’ as soon as Perez arrived from the second tier of Spanish football.

The Palace boss adding that the striker took a little time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League but that his technique was top class from day one.

With Ayoze Perez the only sacrificial lamb to be left out of the team v Liverpool, it looks all but certain that Steve McClaren will stick with Siem de Jong and the rest of the team who beat the scousers.

Perez didn’t start the season in the first eleven and after playing well at old Trafford he was instantly dropped to make way for Moussa Sissoko in the following game.

Whilst Sunday’s win was a massive relief, many fans were still disappointed that Ayoze Perez had been the one to drop out of the team and I definitely worry, that if indeed Steve McClaren has to sell players before others are allowed to come in during January, then I can see Perez as one to be let go due to the likely transfer fee he can attract and the fact that he isn’t seemingly seen as a nailed on first choice player by McClaren.

Alan Pardew talking to ESPN:

“I have always liked Ayoze Perez, he has a special quality that you don’t see in too many players and you can understand why there is some talk (of moving in January) around him.

“He has a special quality that you don’t see in too many players and everyone at Newcastle could see that as soon as he arrived at the club.

“We asked him to adapt to the pace of the Premier League very quickly as soon as he arrived at Newcastle and that wasn’t easy for him at the start.

“He needed some time to appreciate what was needed in this league, but technique wise, he is top class.

“He has improved in the Premier League now and that is good to see. We always knew there was a special player in there and I’m not surprised to see him doing well.”