Puncheon close to Palace exit
Roy Hodgson has indicated that he is happy to let Jason Puncheon leave Crystal Palace on loan this week.
Middlesbrough have been linked with the 32-year-old, who has featured in 148 Premier League games for the Eagles since moving to Selhurst Park, initially on loan, from Southampton five years ago.
Hodgson said after his team's 1-0 victory at Swansea City in the second round of the Carabao Cup: "He wants to play more and I have made it clear to him I cannot guarantee that.
"In the middle of the park is where we are, at the moment, very competitive. But you saw that he is still a very good player, and I thought he was important to us in our victory."
Hodgson was pleased with his side's display at the Liberty Stadium, adding: "I'm happy. I thought that was a good game.
"It was a difficult one for us because we've got a couple of injuries, so that meant we were going to be limited [in selection] anyway and I wanted certain players who are either on the fringes of the first team or haven't got much of a game yet to get a game.
"Some of our better-known players weren't here but there were enough good players to make it a proper game for them."
Palace are 40/1 to win the Carabao Cup this season and 31/20 to beat Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
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