Crystal Palace stalling over deal for Forest loan star

Jack Hunt’s permanent switch to Nottingham Forest looks to be off, with Crystal Palace doubling the fee required for the player.

Right sided full-back Hunt started his career at Huddersfield Town, making over 100 appearances for the Terriers before completing a switch to Selhurst Park in 2013.

Having suffered an injury in pre-season, Hunt failed to make an appearance for the Eagles last season, and he signed a short-term deal with Barnsley in January 2014, keeping him in the Championship until the end of the 2013/14 season.

His return to Palace in the summer was short lived, with still-undefeated Championship side Nottingham Forest signing him on a six-month loan in July, holding him with Stuart Pearce’s men until January 1.

The 23-year-old has gone on to feature in every game for the Reds this season, starting all but one, and cementing himself as a key part of the team who have been the early pace-setters in the Championship.

Having completed his short-term deal to the City Ground, it was revealed that Forest submitted an offer to attain Hunt’s services on a permanent basis at the end of the transfer window, but a disagreement in personal terms prevented the deal going through before September 1. However, terms have since been agreed, but Stuart Pearce has claimed that Palace have now doubled the fee they want for the youngster.

The former England full-back said: "We had agreed a fee with Crystal Palace, at the back end of the window when it was close to shutting. We could not agree terms with the player, at the time.

"Subsequently we have agreed everything with the player, when it comes to wages and such like, and we again matched Palace’s initial price, which they had put on the lad’s head.

"But when we went back to them to do the deal, over the past week, that price had apparently doubled.

"I have explained that to Jack, because he is desperate to come here and join us. He is disappointed. He feels the support we have given him has been fantastic, he is enjoying his football.”

Pearce has admitted that he is surprised with the change in mentality on show from the Eagles board, claiming that, although he has dealt with Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock regarding the player, the manager has never had a say on the price of a player.

He added: “I don’t know that it is the change of manager that has influenced things, no. I think the financial decision has come from above the manager. Every time we have dealt with Palace – I dealt with Tony Pulis before and this time it was obviously Neil Warnock – it has been the board who have put the prices on the players’ heads.

“That is the way I see it. But what Palace are saying is that they want to have a look at their player. We have him here until January at the minute and we will keep asking the question of Palace. But what they are asking is just too much, when it comes to the finance.”

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