Holloway will bid to land Punch

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Ian Holloway has confirmed he will launch a bid to bring Jason Puncheon to Bloomfield Road.

The winger turned down Pool’s advances at the start of the season to join QPR on loan from Southampton.

But he has played just 15 minutes of football in the first half of the campaign and, with Neil Warnock expected to spend big in the January transfer window, Puncheon is expected to be allowed to return to Southampton.

And that’s when Holloway intends to pounce.

Puncheon scored three goals in six Premier League starts on loan at Bloomfield Road last term.

Holloway said: “I am definitely interested in him. He suits the way we play. He did really well for us and yes I would like him back.

“Am I surprised he’s hardly played for QPR? Probably not, because of the takeover. I think that has changed everything at the club.

“Neil Warnock knows that and I think he has even told his lads who got him up that he is going to spending something like £100m in the window.

“QPR are now a far cry from what they were in the Championship and what we were like in the Premier League.

“I think we are still the first club to have borrowed a couple of players from the Championship (Luke Varney) and League One (Puncheon) to play in the first team in the top flight, so that just shows where we were. It also shows how well we did to get so close to staying up.

“Those two (Varney and Puncheon) were absolutely sensational for us.

“I feel for Puncheon because he hasn’t played much at all.

“But hopefully it will be our gain - and I don’t think it will be that big a loss for him if he does end up here because we’re a good club that wants to win promotion.”