Crystal Palace fans have enjoyed a stint of excellent results under Tony Pulis, but the supporters may be given more reason to celebrate with the signings of Joe Ledley, Tom Ince and Wayne Hennessey on transfer deadline day.
Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
BBC Sport have confirmed Hennessey's deal to join the club:
Alongside this, the permanent capture of Jason Puncheon means Palace can now loan Tom Ince from Blackpool. The full-time move frees up one of the club's two domestic loan spots, meaning Ince can now join Cameron Jerome at Selhurst Park until the end of the season:
Puncheon spoke of his happiness, per the club's official website:
"It's great to sign a permanent deal, it's something I dreamt about when I was a kid so I'm pleased to get it done," said the 27-year-old winger.
As reported by BBC Sport, the Eagles are likely to confirm Ledley's arrival from Celtic before the window shuts at 11 p.m. GMT/6 p.m. ET on Jan. 31:
David Hytner of The Guardian suggests Pulis has managed to land Ince on a £1 million loan deal from Blackpool, trumping the likes of Stoke and Swansea to land the 22-year-old's services for the rest of the season.
Gerry Francis, first-team coach at Selhurst Park, confirmed the club's jubiliant mood as they verge on a deal for the winger. Per Sky Sports:
Very pleased obviously. We've got to dot the Is and cross the Ts a little bit at the moment, but obviously very pleased that Tom's able to come into the club. He's an exciting player, scores goals, which is really important and very pleased to see him on board.
Despite Francis' happiness, Ed Aarons of The Independent suggests Palace shouldn't get too excited just yet:
The Mail Online also expressed growing doubt over Ince's transfer:
Although Ince's future is yet to be completely clarified, Palace have sealed the £3 million addition of Hennessey, who will challenge Julian Speroni for a place in the first team.
Hennessey has been on loan at Yeovil this season, but did manage to gain plenty of Premier League experience while at Molyneux.
Although the Welsh international struggled to perform consistently well during his 2011-12 top-flight season—often making important errors, such as his howler against Manchester City, per the Mirror—it is important for Pulis to strengthen his goalkeeping options.
The former Stoke manager has lifted Palace out of the relegation zone since taking over on Nov. 23. He began work following victory over Hull on the same day, leading the team to five wins and one draw from 11 Premier League matches since.
This run of 16 points has seen Palace move up to 14th in the top flight, pushing them away from immediate danger at the foot of the table. They are currently four points ahead of West Ham, who linger in the relegation zone.
Palace face a challenging trip to Arsenal on Feb. 2, the first match in which any signings can make an impression. Pulis' players are widely expected to receive a thorough whooping at the Emirates, but if the experienced boss continues to strengthen, the club's prospects look extremely healthy across the remainder of the campaign.
Pulis will be pleased to see his side sitting equal distance between the top half of the table and the relegation zone. With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, Palace's new signings will help keep the side afloat.
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