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Gosling calls time on Selhurst Park switch


DAN GOSLING'S move to Crystal Palace was called off on Tuesday night after a lack of communication from the Eagles, the player's representative David Hodgson has revealed.

Newcastle United and former Everton midfielder Gosling looked set to finalise a move to Selhurst Park after completing a medical in south London on Monday, but after failing to hear back from Palace, he made his way back to the north east in major disappointment.

"The move broke down unfortunately," said Hodgson.

"We arrived at Palace and did all the things we had to do, and unfortunately it came around to 2.30pm on Tuesday and we hadn't had any communication from Palace.

"Having sat there until 9pm that night, we took it upon ourselves to say it wasn't right and this wasn't working.

"A call from anybody at the football club would have been helpful. We didn't get that call.

"Ian Holloway has been absolutely fantastic and Dan wanted the chance to link up with Ian more than anything else.

"His medical on Monday was a formality. He came out of that and the feedback to Dan from the specialist at the time was excellent.

"I can only take whatever the specialist has said in a correct and honest way, and Dan came back to the hotel and I had a chat with him.

"He was very positive and had great feedback but communication between ourselves and Palace simply didn't exist.

"I know people were doing different things but somebody somewhere forgot to link it all together – it just didn't seem right so we made the decision to head back north."

Hodgson revealed a deal lasting up to four years was in the pipeline with Palace and stressed his client wanted to play under the manager who gave him his professional debut at Argyle in 2006.

"I can't tell you how badly he wanted to link up with Ian Holloway again," he said.

"But at the same time this is a young man who is extremely focused and he felt maybe due to the lack of communication, he was maybe thinking it wasn't right.

"There was potentially a good deal there, possibly a three or four-year contract, so he would have taken a huge, huge drop (in wages).

"He just wanted to join Ian Holloway.

"I have spoken to Newcastle by the hour every day, probably a dozen times on Wednesday, but there's been no communication between the two clubs, I'm sure of that."

Gosling is now expected to fight for a place in Alan Pardew's matchday squad or make a move elsewhere.

And Hodgson says despite the breakdown in communication, he and Gosling wish the Eagles well in the Premier League.

"We did have interest elsewhere in Dan but we made it clear that he wanted a move to Palace with Ian Holloway," he said.

"I don't think it will be resurrected. I think the milk has been spilt and we've put it back in the bottle.

"We probably cut our nose off to spite our face – we go back to the drawing board now. How a football club conducts their business is their concern, not mine.

"We wish Crystal Palace well. I had a long chat with the chairman there but that's football. These things happen and you move on.

"I wish Ian Holloway and the club the best, and Dan does as well."

Gosling calls time on Selhurst Park switch

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