Warnock expects Eagles exits

Watson could leave before window closes

Watson: Set to leave

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Neil Warnock admits wantaway midfielder Ben Watson is likely to leave before the transfer window closes.

The 23-year-old is set to be restored to the Crystal Palace starting line-up for a Carling Cup clash with Leeds on Tuesday, but the trip to Elland Road could represent his final Eagles appearance.

With all summer deals having to be completed by 1st September, it looks almost certain that the former England U21 international will leave Selhurst Park.

The midfielder's refusal to sign a new contract with the Championship side resulted in him being frozen out of action, and Warnock has revealed that approaches have been made for his services.


"Ben's in the squad for Leeds but I still feel he'll go," the Palace boss told South London Press.

"We've had another couple of enquiries so I'm not going to get my hopes up with him.

"The offers now are not a miles apart from our valuation. There is still some distance, but at this stage of the transfer window there is every chance they will come back with improved offers."


While expecting to part with one member of his squad in the coming week, Warnock is still hoping to bolster his attacking options before the window slams shut.

"We've had a couple more enquiries and I think we've moved on a little bit," he added.

"I would love to get someone in for Saturday (against Reading).

"A striker is the missing link - I don't think there is too much wrong with anywhere else."