Pool try to land a Punch

Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring for Blackpool against Bolton
Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring for Blackpool against Bolton
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Pool will kick off their January business dealings by launching a bid to sign Jason Puncheon.

The winger snubbed Bloomfield Road in the summer in order to try his luck with Premier League QPR.

He joined Rangers on loan from Southampton until January 2, with a view to staying for good.

But given that Puncheon has spent just 15 minutes on the pitch in the first half of the season, it is unlikely QPR boss Neil Warnock will try and push through a permanent deal.

That is good news for Ian Holloway, who knows all about the 25-year-old’s qualities after bringing Puncheon to the seaside during the club’s year in the top flight.

He scored three goals in six starts during his loan spell and impressed with his skill and powerful shooting.

Holloway was disappointed to miss out on the 25-year-old during the close-season but remains a big admirer of the player and will probably be able to land Puncheon for around £500,000, or on a loan deal.

“I’m speaking to Jason. He’s got a bit of a knock at the minute, I’m going to talk to him over the Christmas period,” said QPR manager Warnock.

“He’s been a bit unlucky because we signed Shaun Wright-Phillips and then Jason was injured.

“All of a sudden there are two more before him.”