Crystal Palace set to sign Newcastle star Gosling

Newly promoted Crystal Palace are closing in a deal for Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling, according to the players agent David Hodgson.

Gosling looks set to reunited with former boss Ian Holloway, the man who gave him his debt at Plymouth Argyle, with only a transfer fee left to be agreed between the two clubs.

The 23 year old will be hoping to get his career back on track after a mixed spell in Newcastle and has already agreed the personal terms offered by the London club.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Hodgson confirmed that the move was nearing completion “He has had his talks with Crystal Palace and everything is agreed,”

“We are not privy to how far (the clubs) are apart.

“The most important thing is for Dan to play football again and when your old manager comes in for you, and it is for a Premier League team, what better place to go?

“Ian Holloway gave him his debut at 16 and helped him play for England’s youth teams. Dan is going to join somebody who knows him inside out.

“Playing football is very, very important but finding the right glove to fit into is even more important.

“A permanent deal is the intention and all parties would be happy with that.”

Gosling made his debut for Argyle at the age of 16 before moving to Everton in 2008. The promising midfielder failed to make the grade at Goodison Park with injury hampering his progress however he will be forever remembered for his goal in the fourth round of the FA Cup which sealed a win over City rivals Liverpool.

Gosling moved to Newcastle on a free transfer in 2010 but has only managed one Premier League start during his time with the Magpies.

The signing of Gosling will make up for the club’s disappointment in failing to secure a loan move for former star Wilfried Zaha.

Holloway has confirmed that he will not attempt to re-sign the promising winger because he wants to give the 20 year old a chance at Manchester United.

Zaha was signed by United in January but was immediately loaned back to Palace, who went on to win the Championship play-off final and it had been suggested that Holloway might ask United for another loan deal.

However speaking to TalkSport the former Blackpool manager confirmed that wouldn’t be the case “I don’t think for one minute I’d even consider asking David Moyes about signing him right now,”
“I don’t think it’s fair to the boy. He’s got to have a go at United.

“I’m sure I know Moyes that well that if there was a club in the Premier League that Wilfried Zaha wanted to play for, if it wasn’t Manchester United, I’m sure it would be us. So, I’m sure the phone would ring.

“Let’s be perfectly honest, I think the boy is so exciting he’s going to have a chance at United and I can see him getting in their first team. I genuinely mean that.

“I wish him all the best in his Manchester United career and well done to them for buying him.

“Sir Alex Ferguson very rarely gets them wrong and David Moyes will be delighted he’s found that talent in his midst, because he can win games at the very, very top level.”

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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