Report: Newcastle want to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon; rejected Middlesbrough move

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Pre-season friendly match between SC Braga and Newcastle United at Estadio Municipal de Braga on August 1, 2018 in...

Crystal Palace ace Jason Puncheon has rejected Middlesbrough but is reportedly a target for Premier League side Newcastle United too.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace and Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park on...

Jason Puncheon had been a regular at Crystal Palace ever since their promotion back to the Premier League in 2013. Until last season that is.

Roy Hodgson’s arrival coincided with the experienced midfielder losing his usual place in the Palace XI and, by the time he suffered a season-ending injury in January, he had made just six Premier League starts in 2017/18.

 

And The Sun is now reporting that Puncheon’s five year stay at Selhurst Park could come to an end on transfer deadline day. Newcastle United, who have been looking for a number 10 all summer, are understood to be interested.

32-year-old Puncheon would not be the most high profile signing Newcastle could make but with funds famously tight, Rafa Benitez has his hands somewhat tied. The former Southampton and Blackpool midfielder would provide creativity and plenty of experience in attack.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during The Emirates FA Cup final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on...

Interestingly, Newcastle’s local rivals Middlesbrough are also interested in Puncheon. But The Guardian (live blog, 9.35am) are reporting that he has rejected the chance to link up with former Palace boss Tony Pulis in the Championship.

So this opens the door for Newcastle to add Puncheon to their squad ahead of the new season.

March 18th 2017, Crystal Palace, London England; EPL Premier League football, Crystal Palace versus Watford; Jason Puncheon celebrates the win and applauds the fans

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