LiveTransfer Deadline Day: Crystal Palace ins and outs

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  • As the day unfolded: Crystal Palace look to strengthen their squad before the Premier League transfer window closes.
  • CONFIRMED: Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has signed from Wolves.
  • CONFIRMED: Winger Jason Puncheon has signed a permanent deal.
  • Who do you want to see wearing a Palace shirt against Arsenal on Sunday?
  • Email or tweet @CroydonGuardian



COUNTDOWN: 7 hours and 47 minutes left until the transfer window slams shut like the door of a footballer's BMW. 



Raging debate in this office over who is actually better - Tom Ince or Wilf Zaha. They're both pretty good footballers so let's just say they're even for now!

Anyway, here's Zaha talking about how delighted he is to be joining Cardiff on loan today. Hmm...

Sutton Guardian: zaha.jpg





Tom Ince: Will he or won't he? This morning a deal with Palace looked more or less done after the Eagles offered Blackpool a cool million to sign him on loan.

But now Stoke City - managed by Mark Hughes (who knows Tom's dad Paul Ince very well from their Man Utd days) - have thrown a spanner in the works with what is believed to be a £4m bid for a PERMANENT deal.

Sutton Guardian: One that got away? Rumoured Palace target Tom Ince is said to be holding talks with Hull City and Sunderland

Should Palace match their bid? Have you say by leaving a comment below, emailing or tweet @CroydonGuardian.


Read more of what David Kemp had to say at the press conference today - the Eagles are definitely eyeing up a striker.



Reporter Andy Bloss has been busy digging for news stories today but he is still keeping half an eye on what his club Crystal Palace are doing in the transfer window.

He said: “The signings of Wayne Hennessey and Jason Puncheon have kicked things off nicely.

"Hennessey is certainly a more than capable understudy for Julian Speroni but I can imagine he will be desperate to impress and claim the number one jersey.

"The mooted figure of £3m does seem quite a lot of money but speaking to some Wolves fans I know they rate him highly and believe he can still fulfil his potential.

"Puncheon seems to have split opinions amongst some fans during his loan spell. But the winger has his own unique style and although not blessed with searing pace like Bolasie or Zaha, he has scored some vital goals for Palace this season to earn the team much needed points.

"Hopefully getting him on a permanent deal will open the door for Tom Ince to join on loan. If that happens, it would be a remarkable coup for the club with Ince being one of the country’s brightest prospects and would soften the blow of not getting Zaha back on loan.

"In terms of other signings, if Palace can get centre back Scott Dann over the line that would suddenly make our defensive options look a lot stronger. Obviously a key figure in their side.

"I have to admit, it is nice to see us doing some business. I have seen way too many deadlines where it has promised much but delivered very little. This one looks a lot more positive. . . (hopefully I have not jinxed it!)"


NO DEAL: Any hopes of signing striker Leon Best are all but quashed - Technical coach David Kemp has effectively ruled him out in his press conference today.

Kemp said: “A striker is obviously a target. We are looking to sign one, but I can't announce anything at this stage. Leon Best is a name that has been mentioned today but he is not close by”.

Read into that what you will!

Watch the press conference live here.

Sutton Guardian: Leon Best


CONFIRMED: It looks like Jose Campana is definitely off to the Germany. Bild newspaper has tweeted the first photo or "erste Foto" of Jose at FC Nurnberg. 



Even more LIVE news right now - David Kemp is answering questions at a pre-Arsenal match press conference.

Sutton Guardian: Palace 1-0 Hull 28/01/2014


News and reaction is coming in thick and fast now - only 8 hours and 51 minutes of deadline day fun left!

Here's what one of our top Crystal Palace columnists Matt Woosnam has to say:

"Transfer deadline day. Full of clichés, you either love it or you hate it. Oh wait, that was a cliché…

"Anyway, it looks like Mr Parish will be a busy man today, with a number of players linked to Palace, Tom Ince being the most exciting one.

"The England U21 international looks set to join the Eagles on loan, providing an exciting prospect of goals and skills in one.

"We may have missed out on Wilf Zaha returning, but Ince is certainly going to make up for that if indeed the deal does go through. Mind you, this is Palace and we all know that what appears on the surface is not always as it seems.

"Wigan defender Ivan Ramis has apparently failed a medical, and I can’t say I’m too bothered. A hefty loss for Wigan should he move on, the centre-back has managed 17 appearances for the Latics since August 2012.

"Damien Delaney and Danny Gabbidon are proving more than adequate in defence, whilst Adrian Mariappa can cover if required and Paddy McCarthy has returned from injury. Another centre-back would be a bonus but I don’t know if it’s really a priority.

"After canvassing the opinion of some Wolves supporters it looks as though Palace would be getting a ‘keeper in Wayne Hennessey with an awful lot of potential, still yet to hit his best form over a sustained period.

"£3m seems a hefty price tag but for a ‘keeper like Hennessey it seems a fair deal.

"It looks like Palace will be the most active team on deadline day, but then as I said before, it’s Palace…

"Tom Ince will no doubt zoom back up to Stoke and join Mark Hughes’ side, Will Buckley will choose to stay with Brighton, David McGoldrick will agree to join but a fee with Ipswich won’t be agreed.

"I fully expect to see Calvin Andrew return to be the prolific striker to keep us up. OK not quite, but I take a somewhat negative view to Palace and transfers. Keep the expectations low and you can only be pleasantly surprised right? Well, it’s Palace so perhaps not, but we’ll see!"

Check out Woosie's words here.

Send your reaction to or tweet us @CroydonGuardian.


More on Wayne Hennessey's transfer from Wolves to Palace here.

And more on Jason Puncheon signing for Palace on a permanent deal.



CONFIRMED: Jason Puncheon has signed for Crystal Palace on a permanent deal.

Sutton Guardian: Jason Puncheon



CONFIRMED: Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has signed for Crystal Palace. Fee not disclosed but it's being widely reported as about £3m.

Sutton Guardian: Wayne Hennessey


Celtic fan Simon Webster says: “I think £800,000 for Joe Ledley is a very fair price.

"He is out of contract in the summer and would have moved then for free. Good business for Palace!”


Palace fans everywhere are praying for some good signings today.

In the past some have even tried an Native American-style rain dance! Are you this Eagles fan?


Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Palace's bid for Joe Ledley:
"A bid from Crystal Palace for Joe Ledley has been accepted and it's now down to Joe & his representatives.
"Our contract offer was there for a long time. We made Joe an offer but they weren't forthcoming & now the ball's in their court."



Parish and Ince's car spotted at a Canary Wharf hotel? If only there were some sort of photographic evidence for this!



"Put the scattergun approach to one side" - that's the view of Ben Nagle from Radio Holmesdale.

Ben says: "What a day this is turning into. Much the same as the August window, Palace look to be doing a lot of business in the final 24 hours, and are being linked with players left, right and centre. 

"What Parish and co. need to make sure, though, is that the so-called ‘scattergun’ approach is put to one-side; we have got ourselves into a fantastic position, and some quality signings today could feasibly keep us in the Premier League.

"Palace are still hopeful of signing Tom Ince on loan for the rest of the season, despite a rumoured late hijack from Stoke City. Parish and Ince’s cars have been spotted at a Canary Wharf hotel, and Dave Kemp revealed that Ince has undergone a medical in Beckenham. Hopefully, that’ll be announced as a done deal.

"Scott Dann and Ivan Ramis are two centre-backs that have been touted, and it was announced moments ago that Ivan Ramis has failed his medical and will not join. Scott Dann, on the other hand, appears to be a goer, and the Blackburn captain should join today.

"Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey are two decent signings, although £3m for Hennessey seems a little extortionate. 700k for Celtic’s Joe Ledley is a steal, and the fact that Pulis has bid upwards of £5m in previous years shows how highly he rates the central midfielder."

Sutton Guardian:
Join Ben and co. on Holmesdale Radio tonight from 8pm, for their Transfer Deadline Day live show.; they might have some special guests."


There are just 10 hours and 42 minutes left of transfer deadline day. Still no official confirmation over Tom Ince and Scott Dann signings. 



Our friends at the Bolton News tell us that Chung-Yong Lee is being lined up by Tony Pulis as a backup if the Tom Ince deal falls through.

Sutton Guardian: Lee Chung-yong


CONFIRMED: Joe Ledley is flying down from bonny Scotland to have talks at Palace.

Sutton Guardian: Joe Ledley


"Tony Pulis is an excellent manager and Scott Dann will flourish under him."

That's the view of former Blackburn defender, David May, who reckons the lure of the Premier League will clinch his signature.


UNCONFIRMED: Midfielder José Campaña could be set for a loan move to German clubs FC Nurnberg.

Sutton Guardian: Football player image for Jose Campana



CONFIRMED: No deal for Ivan Ramis after failing his medical.

Sutton Guardian: Penalty: Eden Hazard is fouled by Wigan new boy Ivan Ramis to earn Chelsea their spot kick


And by the way - if you thought Scott Dann was just another no nonsense centre half, then CHECK THIS OUT

(He scored this goal for Blackburn against Derby in the FA Cup 4th round on January 27, 2013)


Scott Dann is also having his medical today at Palace. But can the Eagles afford his wages - he's reportedly on £32,000 at Blackburn!

Would you welcome the 26-year-old defender at Selhurst Park? Or who would you prefer? Tweet us @CroydonGuardian.

Sutton Guardian: Scott Dann


We are also hearing that Ivan Ramis has failed his medical at Palace. It looks like the Wigan defender will NOT be joining the Eagles.

Sutton Guardian: Ivan Ramis may make his return to the Wigan team on New Year's Day


BIG Tom Ince news:

Tom Ince has had his medical at Palace. BUT another club have come in and made a late offer.

Sutton Guardian: Waiting game: Tom Ince impressed during talks with Crystal Palace




Adlene Guedioura's move from Nottingham Forest to Crystal Palace was the last of the summer transfer window - so what is deadline day like for a player?

Sutton Guardian:


HAVE YOUR SAY: Who do you want to see sign on the dotted line for Palace today? Who's that one player who's going to keep the Eagles in the Premier League?

Who do you want to see leave the club?


Tweet: @CroydonGuardian





Not a Palace fan? Follow live updates for every eensy weensy bit of transfer goss and news for all the other Transfer Deadline news.

This, my friends, is an Eagles-only zone.



Will signing Wayne Hennessey unsettle Palace number 1 Julian Speroni?

That's what Gary Neville thinks. Do you agree with him?

Sutton Guardian: Gary Neville, pictured, has been criticised by Carlos Tevez


Other possible Palace signings today:

  • Ivor Ramis (Wigan) - Palace could force a cut-price move for the defender after he failed a medical at Cardiff last week.
  • Joe Ledley (Celtic) - Palace are understood to have made a bid for the Welsh midfielder
  • Will Buckley (Brighton) - Pulis is an admirer of the winger but Albion are unlikely to sell to a rival.


  • Demba Ba (Chelsea) - Pulis is on the lookout for a quality striker but an injury to Fernando Torres could mean Ba will stay at Stamford Bridge.
  • Cedric Bakambu (Sochaux)
  • Cheik Diabite (Bordaux)
  • Connor Wickham (Sunderland)



Disappointment for those who thought Wilfried Zaha might join Palace on loan.

Manchester United have loaned him to Cardiff for the rest of the season.

Sutton Guardian: Wilfried Zaha



Transfer deadline day is not just about players coming and going, but players staying too.

We can report that Jason Puncheon is set to be made a permanent Crystal Palace player after joining on loan from Southampton.

The Croydon-born winger has scored the winner in back-to-back 1-0 victories this month.

Sutton Guardian: Jason Puncheon


So here's what we know so far:

Tony Pulis could make at least three signings today: TOM INCE from Blackpool, SCOTT DANN from Blackburn, and WAYNE HENNESSEY from Wolves.

Sutton Guardian: Scott Dann

Blackburn defender Dann is understood to be in advanced talks with Palace but the two clubs are haggling over his price tag. An original bid of £1.3m plus add-ons was rejected.

Sutton Guardian: Wayne Hennessey

Hennessey is a long-term Palace target to provide cover for 1 Julian Speroni.

Sutton Guardian: One that got away? Rumoured Palace target Tom Ince is said to be holding talks with Hull City and Sunderland

Ince was due to join the Eagles on loan but Stoke City have entered the race for his signature - the highest loan fee could secure his signature.


Good morning Palace fans - stay here for all the lates transfer news, rumours and opinion on what is a crucial day for the Eagles' season.



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