Palace prepared to offload captain Jedinak with Baggies on alert
Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak was one of his club’s star performers towards the end of the Premier League season, but the Eagles are reportedly ready to listen to offers for their stalwart skipper, putting his former boss and current West Bromwich Albion coach on red alert.
The Australia international captain is a massive fan favourite at Selhurst Park, with his aggressive and determined nature on the pitch, and Baggies head coach Pulis is another admirer of the defensive midfielder who could be tempted into swooping for his former player.
Palace’s 30-year-old leader worked under Pulis at his current club, before the former Stoke City manager moved to The Hawthorns, and a reunion could potentially suit both parties for next season, with the Eagles 5/1 with Coral to face relegation next term.
Defensively astute Aussie Jedinak has enjoyed a successful campaign for both club and country, helping Alan Pardew’s Palace finish narrowly in 10th position ahead of Everton and West Ham United, while also guiding his country to a historic Asian Cup triumph earlier this year.
Under former Magpies manager Pardew, who became the first boss in Premier League history to take over a club in the relegation zone and guide them to a top half finish, Jedinak has again excelled, but his services are seemingly no longer required in Palace’s midfield area.
The Asian International Player of the Year for 2014 formed a close bond with Pulis during their short spell together with the Eagles, and could join up with fellow countryman and Asian Cup winner Jason Davidson in the West Midlands.
A midfield partnership with current Baggies captain and former Manchester United engine Darren Fletcher is a possibly experienced pairing, and something Pulis may see this as an exciting prospect for next season, when he aims to move his side closer towards the top 10 places rather than a relegation scrap.
The Baggies are 9/2 to drop down divisions next term, but they may have a boost of personnel in their midfield ranks if a move for Palace skipper Jedinak materialises this summer.