Will Cardiff defender strenghten Palace backline? Pulis thinks so

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Cardiff City defender Mark Hudson has been linked with a move to fellow promoted side Crystal Palace

Tony Pulis will clearly want to be active in the January transfer window. Despite Palace bringing in 16 players in the summer, many have not seemed up to scratch. Pulis will therefore look to ship some out before bringing in some of his own players.

They have been lacking goals up front, and also their defence has looked a bit shaky. It is the latter which he seems to have identified a solution to already. The Mirror has reported that Pulis will look to bring in Cardiff's Mark Hudson. The club captain was instrumental in their promotion campaign last year, but has fallen out of favour this season. The preferred central defenders have been Steven Caulker and Ben Turner, and Hudson looks unlikely to be usurping those two any time soon.

Mark Hudson has of course played for Palace before, and could be interested in a move back to Selhurst Park to have another shot at Premier League football. He has not appeared in the league at all for Cardiff this season. He could link up with another former Cardiff defender at Palace, in Daniel Gabbidon.

31-year-old Hudson, has captained his last three clubs; Charlton Athletic as well as Cardiff and Palace. Pulis will be looking for those leadership qualities to help ignite his side's current plight. We saw at Queens Park Rangers last year that Harry Redknapp put his faith in the classic English players like Clint Hill, and Shaun Derry. The ones who seem to have the most fight about them rather than the prima donna's. Hudson would certainly give a boost to The Eagles dressing room.

Whether Cardiff would be willing to let their club captain leave remains to be seen. But after his great service to the club I doubt they would stand in his way if he was offered first team football at another Premier League club.

 

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