Palace sign three but miss out on Bendtner

PREMIER League newcomers Crystal Palace missed out on luring Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner to Selhurst Park on deadline day but bolstered their squad with three new faces to become the most active top-flight club of the summer transfer window.

Manager Ian Holloway brought in a total of 14 new players, with defenders Adrian Mariappa and Jack Hunt joining from Reading and Huddersfield respectively yesterday, while midfielder Barry Bannan also made a permanent move from Aston Villa. Holloway had been desperate to add players with Premier League experience to his young squad and earmarked 25-year-old Bendtner, who scored 30 goals in 127 league games for Arsenal and Sunderland, as his main target.

However, Bendtner’s move to Palace was seemingly dependent on Arsenal signing a new striker and their failure to do so scuppered Holloway’s attempt to sign the Denmark international.

Holloway also failed in a last-ditch attempt to land former Eagles forward Andy Johnson from QPR, running out of time to complete the signing.

Holloway allowed defender Peter Ramage, 29, to join Barnsley on a season-long loan.

QPR, meanwhile, left it late to swoop as manager Harry Redknapp signed three of his former Tottenham charges on loan.

Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and highly rated young English midfielder Tom Carroll arrived from Spurs, while midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who also played under Redknapp at Portsmouth, joined from Dynamo Kiev.

Assou-Ekotto faced a season on the sidelines at White Hart Lane, having been replaced by Danny Rose as first choice left-back, and is thought to have snubbed interest from European clubs in order to team up again with Redknapp in the second tier.