Report: Middlesbrough confident of signing Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon

1st January 2018, Deepdale, Preston, England; EFL Championship football, Preston North End versus Middlesbrough; Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis before the game

Jason Puncheon could swap the Premier League for the Championship with Tony Pulis's Boro reportedly interested in the Crystal Palace midfielder.

28th August 2018, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; Carabao Cup football, 2nd round, Swansea City versus Crystal Palace; Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace makes a run through the middle with...

Roy Hodgson was impressed by Jason Puncheon as Crystal Palace beat Swansea City 1-0 in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday.

Just one day later, however, and a report in TEAMtalk claims that Hodgson could let Puncheon go before the transfer window shuts.

That game at the Liberty Stadium was the 32-year-old’s first outing of the season, having fallen down the pecking order since Hodgson took over from Frank de Boer at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

Puncheon has been linked with a reunion with his former Palace boss Tony Pulis of late, and TEAMtalk reports that this is very much on the cards. Middlesbrough are understood to be confident of signing the experienced midfielder this week, with a deal expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Tony Pulis manager of Crystal Palace speaks to Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Boleyn Ground on...

Middlesbrough are joint top of the Championship after four games played and Pulis has made it clear that he thinks new signings are essential.

Puncheon would offer a great deal of nous and creativity to a hard-working Boro side. And the report adds that Hodgson will not stand in his way of a move to the Riverside.

So it seems only a matter of time before Puncheon is wearing that red kit.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

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