Transfer news: Chelsea striker Demba Ba 'targeted' by Crystal Palace in ambitious move

Planning to strengthen his attacking options, Tony Pulis takes another look at long-term target Ba

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Crystal Palace’s new manager Tony Pulis is planning an audacious bid for Chelsea’s out-of-favour striker Demba Ba, according to reports this morning.

Pulis has already made one attempt to lure the Senegal international once before, during his time with Stoke City, but a failed medical meant the move was cancelled and Ba eventually signed for Alan Pardew's Newcastle United.

Before Palace can conclude any more loan deals, they will need to make Jason Puncheon’s move from Southampton permanent to free up space as the Premier League only permit two domestic loans at any one point.

With Stoke striker Cameron Jerome also on a temporary deal, resurgent Palace already have the two players they are allowed to borrow from their divisional rivals.

According to The Mirror, however, the Eagles are just days away from confirming a £1.25million swoop for Puncheon on a two-and-a-half-year.

Despite three wins in their first eight league games under Pulis, the Selhurst Park club are still in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home with Norwich City.

Palace remain keen on a deal for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic as proposals from West Ham and QPR stall.

Former boss Ian Holloway, now in charge at Millwall, is also set to raid Palace for midfielder Owen Garvan after being named the new manager of their local rivals yesterday.