Paul Merson is unsure whether the signings of Christian Benteke and Loic Remy will prove to be successful ones for Crystal Palace.

The Eagles signed Benteke from Liverpool for around £32m after a lengthy transfer feud, while Chelsea forward Remy has joined on loan.

Belgium international Benteke struggled in Merseyside last season but netted 42 goals in 89 league games for Aston Villa.

Remy, 29, only scored three goals during the 2015/16 campaign and Merson believes both players need to prove themselves at Palace.

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The 48-year-old, who made over 300 appearances for the Gunners, told Sky Sports: “Christian Benteke hasn’t found his Aston Villa form and that worries me but I like the signing of Andros Townsend, who gives his all.

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“Benteke and Loic Remy need to prove themselves again, and they are deals that could go either way for Alan Pardew. This could be a D in six months, or an A+.”

Palace were said to be leading the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan before the England man headed to Bournemouth.

Merson said the season-long loan was “phenomenal” business from Eddie Howe’s charge.

“They are getting a £30m player for nothing, which is unbelievable,” Merson added.

“It's a credit to Eddie Howe and the way they play that he has chosen them. It could be the difference that keeps them up.”

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