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Jason Puncheon completes Huddersfield move


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Crystal Palace have let winger Jason Puncheon leave the club on a temporary basis to join relegation strugglers Huddersfield Town. The 32-year-old attacker, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Roy Hodgson, had been linked with multiple clubs including a move abroad.

Puncheon had the option of a move to Greece with AEK Athens and Italy with Sampdoria, but instead decided to stay in England and help Huddersfield Town's fight to stay in the Premier League.

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Huddersfield coach David Wagner told reporters of the move for Puncheon: "It is important that our additions in January have the ability to arrive and make an immediate impact in our team, which I'm sure Jason can.

"He has played in this division for nearly a decade now and knows what it takes to be successful.

"As well as being a very good player, he is a great character. He has been the captain of Crystal Palace and is a real leader in the dressing room, which is something we wanted to add too.

"He's now totally fit after the knee injury that he suffered last season and he's been very keen to come here and show that he is still capable of performing at the top level, which is great news for us.

"I'm really excited about working with him to help him understand our way of play."

Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri are currently injured and Puncheon will be a welcome addition for Huddersfield as they look for a replacement in midfield for the three first team players.

Puncheon will be hoping that he can help reverse the fortunes of the struggling Premier League side, who currently sit bottom of the league. 

It is understood that Huddersfield Town also have the option to sign Puncheon permanently come July 1st and that a deal can be agreed for a fee of around £4.25 million if he impresses sufficiently.

David Wagner has already admitted that it will be a real ask to reverse the club's fortunes and keep their Premier League status for 2019-20 and thus Puncheon is likely to find himself playing in the Championship next season if the permanent option for a transfer is executed and if a fee is agreed with the player on contract terms.