Jedinak’s Stoke move delayed
SOCCEROOS skipper Mile Jedinak will remain a Crystal Palace player until at least January after a transfer to English Premier League side Stoke City failed to materialise.
Palace and Stoke had agreed a fee for the 31-year-old midfielder, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, reported to be about $8.63 million.
However, the Potters and Jedinak were unable to agree to personal terms before the transfer window closed early yesterday, Australian time.
Jedinak, under contract until June 2017, has been a big success at Palace since joining from Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi in 2011 and an integral part of the team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2012.
But he missed most of the last half of last season after an ankle injury sustained in Australia’s successful Asian Cup campaign and then served a four-match ban in March after being charged with violent conduct after he elbowed West Ham striker Diafra Sakho.
Palace boss Alan Pardew is believed to have told Jedinak his game time would be reduced as new signing Yohan Cabaye and Scotland midfielder James McArthur moved ahead of him in the pecking order.
Watford and West Brom also expressed an interest.
One Australia international who did complete a move was former Newcastle Jets hitman Adam Taggart, now with Scottish Premier League side Dundee United on loan from Fulham until January.