Palace transfer news: Blackburn duo linked with Eagles, no moves for Stoke players

Manager Tony Pulis is searching the lower divisions for Crystal Palace signings this month, with no arrivals from former club Stoke City likely.

The Daily Mirror have today linked Crystal Palace with moves for two Championship player, both currently plying their trade at Blackburn Rovers.

Tony Pulis has been a long admirer of defender Scott Dann and is hoping to tie up a deal for the former Birmingham player as soon as possible. He is planning a £3m swoop for him, but Blackburn are reluctant to sell whilst they currently remain in the promotion picture. Dann is a key player for Rovers, but he might be tempted by another shot at the Premier League. As Rovers are reluctant to do a deal, Pulis has come up with a novel way of trying to persuade them. He has offered to take Leon Best off their hands to help sweeten the deal.

Leon Best arrived at Ewood Park in the summer of 2012 for £3m from Newcastle United. However his time at the club has been beset by injuries and has only scored two goals during his time there. Best has fallen out with manager Gary Bowyer and also took a blast at the fans via Twitter. The former Coventry City striker is reportedly on high wages at the club and they are keen to offload him. Pulis has offered to take Best on loan until the end of the season, and pay all his wages. Quite a sacrifice to make just to get Scott Dann, but he must obviously feel Best could offer them another option up front too.

Local Stoke paper The Sentinel has reported that Pulis is unlikely to be returning to his former club to take some players with him. Former favourites of his; Matthew Etherington, and Andy Wilkinson are currently out of favour with Potters boss Mark Hughes and had been rumoured with linking up with Pulis again. However The Sentinel believes that due to financial restrictions he will mainly be doing his shopping in the lower divisions.

Palace wouldn't be able to bring in another Premier League player on loan, as they currently have the maximum. Clubs in the top flight are only permitted to have two loan players from other Premier League club, and they already have Jason Puncheon from Southampton, and Cameron Jerome from Stoke on board. Whilst Pulis would be keen to sign Puncheon permanently there is reportedly a sticking point regarding the transfer fee, and the wavering commitment from Puncheon himself.

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