Jimmy Kebe available on free transfer as Crystal Palace release ex-Leeds loanee

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace have confirmed the departure of winger Jimmy Kebe.

After just six appearances for the club, Jimmy Kebe has been released by Crystal Palace, the club confirmed on their official website.

The 31-year-old winger signed for the Eagles almost 18 months ago having starred with Reading the Championship, but he quickly fell out of favour at Selhurst Park when Tony Pulis replaced Iain Holloway as manager.

During last year's January transfer window, the Mali international was sent out on loan to Leeds United, who were managed by his former Reading boss Brian McDermott.

Yet with just nine appearances and one goal to his name at Elland Road, Kebe couldn't rediscover his best form and was sent back to South London at the end of his loan deal.

Neil Warnock arrived as Palace manager and didn't play him, whilst new boss Alan Pardew also appears to have seen Kebe as surplus to requirement having terminated his contract by mutual consent on Friday.

The lanky winger is now a free agent having left Palace, and will be on the lookout for a new club having been completely frozen out at Palace.

With no appearances this season, Kebe is bound to be somewhat rusty, but it's easy to forget just how impressive he was for Reading, so maybe a manager somewhere will try to rekindle that form and take a gamble on him - and whilst Leeds may need a winger, it's unlikely to be Whites boss Neil Redfearn signing Kebe given his little impact at Elland Road last season.

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