Reported Palace target rules out move on Twitter, unless this happens

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Crystal Palace's interest in Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin was reported last night.

Middlesbrough forward Lee Tomlin says that he is going nowhere today, providing the club do not ask him to leave.

Crystal Palace's interest in Tomlin was reported last night by the Daily Mirror, but the 26-year-old has no desire to join Alan Pardew's team.

That is good news for Boro fans, as Tomlin has become one of their key players this campaign as they gun for promotion.

The former Rushden and Diamonds frontman's skill and creativity is vital in Middlesbrough's technically-demanding system and his loss would be a huge one for Aitor Karanka's side.

The fact he is hoping to stay shows the North East outfit's ambition, though. Middlesbrough are among the leading contenders to gain promotion from the Championship and Tomlin clearly feels that he can be playing Premier League football soon - with or without a move to Palace.

The Eagles will be disappointed to miss out on one of their deadline day targets, however, as there was potential for him to rekindle a dangerous partnership with Dwight Gayle had he completed a move.

The Tomlin and Gayle combination had been devastating at Championship level, when the pair were at Peterborough United earlier in their careers, and it would have been intriguing to see how well it functioned in the Premier League.

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