Report: Middlesbrough still hoping to sign Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon

Tony Pulis, Manager of Middlesbrough during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough and Burton Albion at Riverside Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Middlesbrough, United...

Jason Puncheon has played eight minutes of Premier League football for Crystal Palace this season and a reunion with Tony Pulis at Boro is possible.

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.

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.

 

The Northern Echo claims that Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is still keen to reunite with his former Palace midfielder despite missing out on the 32-year-old in the summer.

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.

Tony Pulis, Manager of Middlesbrough during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough and Burton Albion at Riverside Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Middlesbrough, United...

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.

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...

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