Warnock quashes sale talks

Watson staying put

Warnock: Looking to balance the books

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Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has denied he is being forced to sell players in order to raise funds.

Ben Watson is one of a number of players linked with a move away from the club sparking rumours connections are trying to cut back on current wages.

Watson has been linked with a move to Reading, with Royals boss Steve Coppell rumoured to be lining up a £1million swoop for the 22-year-old midfielder.

But Warnock says the club are not cutting back and that chairman Simon Jordan is by no means dictating which players the club should sell.

Warnock told the Croyden Advertiser: "Simon wouldn't do that, because it's not in his jurisdiction.

"He would never tell me which players would have to be sold. If I really want to keep hold of a player, then he'll let me.

"I don't think we'll have to sell before we can buy in January," added Warnock. "Though I'm always looking to balance the books."

New system

Meanwhile Warnock has said he will not be extending Franck Songo'o's loan after his month-long stint comes to an end.

Portsmouth winger Songo'o did not even make the bench in Saturday's win over Colchester and does not figure in Warnock's plans despite an injury to Paul Ifill.

"We won't be extending Franck's loan," Warnock told the South London Press.

"We haven't got enough width with Ifill getting injured, so we need to find a system that will get us wins."