Jason Puncheon was reported to be a January loan target for Nottingham Forest and will be dropping into the free agent pool this summer.

Aitor Karanka was, according to The Sun, said to be plotting a move for the Crystal Palace winger.

The Spaniard never got the chance to see a proposed deal through.

He was relieved of his duties early in 2019, with the baton passed to Martin O’Neill.

Attention was then shifted elsewhere, with defensive additions considered to be of greater priority as Puncheon headed to Huddersfield.

Could interest be rekindled, though, in a man who is now definitely available?

Honour

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Puncheon has told Palace’s official website after seeing the decision taken to move him on: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to have represented my hometown club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever.

“I would like to thank everyone at Palace; in particular all of my team-mates and the managers and coaches I’ve played under.

“To have had the honour of captaining the club, my club, the club I supported as a boy, will always remain with me as one of my proudest achievements.

“I’ve loved every minute of my time at Palace and would like to wish everyone at the club, and our amazing fans, all of the very best for the future.”

Is it worth asking the question of bringing him to the City Ground?

Premier League wages may be an issue, but there would be no transfer fee involved.

Puncheon will also be 33 before the 2019-20 campaign gets underway and may have to accept that he no longer holds the upper-hand in contract negotiations.

It could be that there is a deal to be done.

Forest are likely to be in the market for another wideman this summer, to help Joe Lolley and Co carry the load.

Puncheon would be an experienced alternative.

Versatility

 

One with Championship and top-flight know-how.

A short-term agreement may suit all parties.

He can also operate in the middle if required, so would offer more versatility even if restricted to a squad role.

The flip side of that argument is that he is an ageing performer with little long-term benefit to the Reds.

He could also cross, if not entirely block, the path of the likes of Arvin Appiah.

So, in conclusion, one to potentially consider but perhaps an option that should be left in the past.