Palace close on double deal

Freedman hopes to add Pedroza and Gardner to his squad

Gardner: Looks set to join Crystal Palace on a free transfer and could be joined by Antonio Pedroza

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Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has confirmed he is hoping to complete the double signing of Antonio Pedroza and Anthony Gardner.

Highly-rated Mexican striker Pedroza has been training with Palace after seeing a proposed move to Tottenham Hotspur fall through earlier this summer.

Pedroza, who was born in England, has most recently been playing for Jaguares in Mexico, but the 20-year-old is now close to securing a deal at Selhurst Park.

Speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 win over Coventry City, Freedman said: "I'm hoping for good news tomorrow on Antonio, because of the situation with the Mexican club and communication through emails taking a little bit longer than it should have really, and because of the injury as well.

"Hopefully tomorrow morning I will have fantastic news on that as well, for a very small fee."

Patient

Freedman is also set to finalise a deal to sign experienced defender Gardner, who enjoyed a loan spell at Palace from Hull City last season.

He is available on a free transfer and, after a move to Birmingham City stalled, Gardner is now expected to sign for Palace.

"Anthony Gardner will hopefully sign for us in the morning as well," added Freedman.

"That's 90% done. I have been patient because I understand that Anthony is the right character and right player to come in and helps us defensively."