Palace on verge of announcing new manager and player

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Crystal Palace are on the brink of delivering a double dose of good news to fans with a managerial appointment and new signing on the horizon.

Reports suggest a deal has been agreed to bring Jack Cork to Selhurst Park from Southampton to end a drawn-out pursuit of the 25-year-old midfielder.

The club, however, is expected to delay an announcement regarding the £3m deal until a new manager is in place.

Fortunately for Eagles fans the wait is almost over to find out just who will replace Tony Pulis in the dugout.

Betting has now been suspended on who will take over after Steve Clark, who had been favourite to land the role, ruled himself out.

Neil Warnock now looks the only likely candidate after Chairman Steve Parish contacted the former palace boss about the prospect of a shock return.

His appointment might make fans fear bids for Sean Derry and Clint Hill before the end of the transfer window but the signings of Cork and Wifried Zaha look far more likely.

The south London club seemed to put their woes behind them last night with a comfortable 3-0 win over Walsall and news of the impending appointment will give fans a further boost.

Record signing Dwight Gayle staked a claim for more playing time after his first-half hat-trick saw the visitors sail into the third round of the competition.

News of the Warnock’s potential return and the signing of Cork has seen Palace move to odds-on to beat the drop, with Ladbrokes pricing the club at 4/9 to stay up.

The new manager will still have a mammoth task on his hands, with relegation available at 7/4, and will hope to hit the ground running at Newcastle this weekend.

Palace are the 4/1 underdogs for victory but with the Magpies struggling in front of goal three points could well be on the cards for the visitors.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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