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Palace Reportedly Close To £4 Million Deal For QPR Midfielder

After a day or two of speculation linking QPR’s Jordon Mutch with a move to Crystal Palace, it looks more than likely that the QPR midfielder will begin life after the transfer window playing in red and blue.

Having joined the Hoops from Cardiff last summer for a fee of £5.5 million, Mutch has failed to impress his new boss Harry Redknapp, making just a handful of appearances, but with Alan Pardew seemingly still extremely interested in taking him off the west Londoners’ hands, it looks as though Tony Fernandes will allow a deal to be done, in order to ease the troubles QPR are currently having in relation to Financial Fair Play.

Still only 23, the midfielder began his professional career at Birmigham City, embarking on a number of loan moves to the likes of Hereford, Doncaster and Watford before making the permanent switch to Cardiff City in June of 2012. Once there, he made a total of 60 appearances for the Bluebirds in two seasons, one of which saw them win promotion to the Premier League, whilst the other sadly ended in relegation from the top flight.

After being one of a fair few Cardiff players to impress the watching masses, regardless of the team’s overall performance that term, Mutch was given a second chance in the Premier League by Harry Redknapp, but for some reason, hasn’t been able to force his way into the QPR starting eleven on a regular basis, despite playing relatively well when offered the opportunity to impress.

Now, possibly as part of an exchange deal involving our own Fraizer Campbell, Mutch could be on his way to Selhurst Park just five months after signing up at QPR. As things stand, the fee looks to be around £4.5 million, which would see his current employers making a manageable loss on him, with the possibility of gaining another player into the bargain.

No doubt a talented player, Pardew clearly sees something in Mutch which he feels would help us to improve in the remaining months of the season. After four wins in four as Palace boss, I won’t be arguing with his choice of transfer target just yet.

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Crystal Palace & WBA After The Same Player… Yet Again

You could be forgiven for wondering if Crystal Palace and West Brom are using the same scouting team this January, with Middlesbrough’s George Friend the latest in a seemingly never-ending list of players who have been linked with a move to either club over the last week or two.

Despite reports tying Palace with a move for Lille left-back Pape Souare, Friend is supposedly being viewed as a viable back-up option, should negotiations for the Senegalese defender fall flat in the final moments, regardless of the supposed competition from West Brom.

Friend, has been at The Riverside Stadium since 2012, after leaving Doncaster Rovers. Since making the switch, he has made over 100 appearances, impressing particularly of late under the guidance of one time Palace managerial target Aitor Karanka, as Boro press on at the top of the Championship.

After both ourselves and QPR made advances for Friend in the summer, the defender had committed his future to the Teesiders, agreeing a new four-year deal, but having performed so well since August, it stands to reason that Premier League clubs would once again be circling.

Quite how much Palace or West Brom would have to part with to force Steve Gibson and co. into sanctioning a deal that saw Friend leaving Boro in the middle of a promotion push is anyone’s guess, but with the fee for Souare coming in at close to £3.5 million, you would assume that Palace would be looking at a similar figure, if not slightly less, to bring the defender to SE25.

Given the fact that Tony Pulis’ apparent reasons for leaving Palace on the eve of the new season were heavily linked to the funding that was set to be made available to him in the transfer window, there doesn’t seem to be the same sort of issues in the backing of Alan Pardew.

It certainly leads to a few questions over the sort of player Pulis may have been looking to bring into the club.

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