Palace tried to hijack Stead loan deal

CRYSTAL Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed that he came close to taking Jon Stead to Selhurst Park.Warnock, who signed striker Alan Lee for a fee rising to £900,000 from Ipswich Town last Friday, was also keen on the player who the Blues are taking on loan from Sheffield United until January.

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CRYSTAL Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed that he came close to taking Jon Stead to Selhurst Park.

Warnock, who signed striker Alan Lee for a fee rising to £900,000 from Ipswich Town last Friday, was also keen on the player who the Blues are taking on loan from Sheffield United until January.

Warnock spent Monday's transfer window closing day frantically trying to bolster his forward options.

And it is believed that Stead was close to agreeing a move to Palace before agreeing the Ipswich deal at lunchtime.

Warnock, who has Shefki Kuqi still on his books after previous manager Peter Taylor paid £2.5million for the Finland international, was no doubt looking to partner Lee and Stead up front.

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Another forward with an Ipswich connection - James Scowcroft - is also on the books at Selhurst Park.