Eagles land Vaughan again
Everton striker James Vaughan has rejoined Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of this season.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 26/01/11 5:34pm
James Vaughan will play the rest of this season in Crystal Palace colours after returning to Selhurst Park on loan, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
The Everton striker has rejoined the Eagles for a second time this campaign after the Londoners beat off interest from Burnley and Celtic for the Birmingham-born attacker's services.
He said: "I'm really glad the move's been completed. I'll hopefully start training with the lads and playing soon. I'm really looking forward to it.
"Dougie (Freedman) was a big part in me coming back, he worked really closely with me last time I was here. And, the Palace fans have always been good to me and while I've been away a lot were trying to contact me, which was great."
Co-chairman Steve Parish said: "We are absolutely delighted that James has decided to return for a second stint at Crystal Palace. It's a testament to Dougie and Phil's sheer persistence that we managed to get this over the line.
"This along with the signing of Jermaine (Easter) and others we are working on is a signal of how serious our intent is to start climbing the table.
"I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to welcome James back at the Norwich game."
Vaughan, who became the Premier League's youngest scorer when he broke on the scene five years ago, returns to the club who he scored against to set that record.
The 22-year-old, who has also had spells at Championship duo Derby County and Leicester City, enjoyed a goalscoring spell with the second-tier strugglers at the end of 2010 and found the net on five occasions.
Vaughan will go straight into Dougie Freedman's squad for the home fixture with Norwich City as the Eagles look to improve their league position of third from bottom.