Speroni set for Palace stay

But Warnock puts signing of deal on hold

Speroni: Likely to stay

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Neil Warnock is happy to wait for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to sign a new contract.

Speroni has been an ever-present in the Championship this season after finally establishing himself as the club's first choice.

His current deal expires at the end of the season and lengthy talks have been held regarding an extension at Selhurst Park.

Warnock feels the Argentinian wants to sign a new deal, but the Palace boss is keen to focus on the club's push for a play-off spot.

Quite happy

"We have had extended talks with him, but there's only five games to go and, although I would like him to sign by the end of the season, it's more important that we get on with these games now," Warnock told the Croydon Guardian.

"We have spoken to him and I think he was quite happy with everything."

Speroni's expected decision to stay at Selhurst Park is a contrast to team-mate Mark Hudson, who looks increasingly likely to leave after rejecting the club's latest offer.