Soccer-Crystal Palace lure Puncheon from Southampton (Reuters)

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Southampton winger Jason Puncheon has jumped ship to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal, the London club said on Wednesday. Puncheon, who did not feature in the 18-strong squad for Southampton’s opener at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, said he was thrilled at the chance to return to Palace where he had played as a boy. “I think it’s a great move for myself to come and play games,” the 27-year-old said. “Obviously Crystal Palace are my hometown club and more importantly (manager) Ian Holloway is here as well. …

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