Burley cools Davids talk

Experienced midfielder not close to Palace deal

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Crystal Palace manager George Burley has calmed talk that Dutch legend Edgar Davids is poised to join the club.

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The 37-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park, with reports suggesting that he is looking to settle in London and get back into the game.

Despite not playing a competitive match for two years, Palace are thought to be considering offering the experienced battler a pay-as-you-play deal.

The former Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham star, who has earned more than 70 caps for Holland, could make the switch to the Championship side but Burley warns an agreement is a long way away.

Friend of a mate

"There is nothing definite about Davids," Burley told the Evening Standard.

"This is to do with a friend of a mate who knows Edgar and it was mentioned that he might like to start playing again.

"Edgar has a home in London and he's talking about starting to play again. But it hasn't gone much further than that.

"There is a long way between wanting to play again after two years of retirement and getting involved in a tough league like the Championship."