Burley confirms his Counago interest

GEORGE Burley is still hoping to snap up another Blues player as he turns Crystal Palace into a home from home for former Ipswich Town players.

Striker Pablo Counago, who Burley brought from Spanish football to the Blues in 2001, looks set to join the Eagles on a season-long loan.

But not before tomorrow’s npower Championship clash at Selhurst Park when Burley’s boys take on Roy Keane’s unbeaten side with a 3pm kick-off.

The two clubs are in talks over the future of the 31-year-old who is currently out of favour with Keane and set to follow fellow striker Jon Walters out of the building before the transfer deadline on Tuesday week.

“We have spoken to Ipswich about Pablo,” confirmed Burley.

“But there is nothing settled at the moment.

“It would be a loan basis for the rest of the season but we still have got to finalise that.

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“There have been too many deals that have fallen through at the last minute in the last couple of months so I never count my chickens.”

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has revealed that his Premier League club has been chasing Walters for a while - the player signing a four-year initial �2.75million deal on Wednesday.

“Jon is a player manager Tony Pulis has had his eye on for a couple of seasons,” said Coates.

“He has always liked him and talked about him. He’s versatile and was also captain at Ipswich.

“We’ve tried to get him before, but Ipswich wouldn’t sell.”

QPR manager Neil Warnock has revealed that he saw Walters as his top summer target, explaining:

“Jonathan could have played up front or on the right, and now I’ve got to look for two different players for the same role.

“It would have been a large expenditure for us, but worth it for what Jon would have brought.”

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