Despite months of speculation, Jason Puncheon was still a Crystal Palace player when the transfer window shut at the end of August.
Although you could hardly blame the long-serving midfielder for thinking that the grass is greener outside of Selhurst Park. Puncheon has barely got a look in under Roy Hodgson this season, playing just eight minutes of Premier League football.
As a result, it seems a belated exit from Crystal Palace is on the cards when the window opens again next month.
Pulis has been in London to discuss Boro’s transfer plans, with the January window now looking crucial to the club’s season. A dreadful run of form has seen the promotion favourites drop to sixth in the table before losing at home to third tier Burton Albion in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Puncheon, should he make the move up north, would add some much-needed guile and creativity to a Middlesbrough side that has averaged just over a goal a game in the Championship this season.
In fact, only five teams in the division have a worse record in front of goal.
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