Warnock keen to install Fonte

Eagles not ruling out permanent deal for loanee

Fonte: Permanent deal?

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Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock says there is a 'definite possibility' that the club could make Jose Fonte's loan deal permanent.

The Benfica defender, signed by former boss Peter Taylor, has made only a few appearances under Warnock, but he is still open to the idea that Fonte could remain at the club.

"I certainly would not be against bringing him here on a permanent basis and certainly will not rule out that option when his loan period ends," he told The Advertiser.

"It's a definite possibility for us."

Hughes to stay?

Meanwhile, 22-year-old defender Jeff Hughes has said he is keen to stay at Selhurst Park.

The left-back was close to a move to Peterborough this season after impressing during a loan spell, but he failed to agree terms.

A potential move to Bristol Rovers also fell through, and Hughes insists he is not looking to leave.

"I'm in no rush to leave the club," he said. "If I leave, it's because I'm not required, not because I'm looking for a move away.

"I'm going to keep talking to the manager and see what happens, but what happens with me is down to him.

"If I'm not needed then I will have to find another club."