Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told fans of the English Premier League football club to expect a “major announcement” regarding the redevelopment of Selhurst Park.

The 26,000-seat stadium has served as the south London club’s home for 93 years, and Parish is keen on expanding the ground’s capacity.

Parish has previously spoken of his wish to gradually increase the capacity of Selhurst Park to around 40,000 and the Evening Standard newspaper reports that positive talks have now taken place between the club and Croydon Council. The newspaper said that planning permission for the renovation is expected early next year.

Parish said, according to the Evening Standard: “This side of Christmas there will be a major announcement. We have been working very hard for a long time to try and get the right idea and we think we have now got it. When I came into this thing, the aim was to bring something for all of us to be proud of on the pitch and very importantly off the pitch.

“We want to give everybody in Croydon (and) south London a stadium that we can all be proud of and not lose our atmosphere and uniqueness.

“That is a dream for me, a lifelong dream and one that hopefully everybody will share when they see what we have put together. It is exciting times for us to look forward to.”

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