Palace resigned to Watson exit
Crystal Palace are in discussions with 'a number of clubs' over the future of Ben Watson.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 09/07/08 1:01pm
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has confirmed that discussions with 'a number of clubs' are ongoing over the future of midfielder Ben Watson.
Queens Park Rangers are believed to be in pole position to land Watson after the 23-year-old recently rejected a contract extension at Palace.
Jordan now appears resigned to losing Watson, who made his debut for the Eagles in 2003 at the age of 17, and has confirmed negotiations are taking place.
"Ben Watson has been with the club for a long time," Jordan told Sky Sports News.
"He has got a year left on his contract and the threat of Ben leaving is a real one because I believe he does want to leave.
"We are in discussions with a number of other football clubs for Ben to leave."
Meanwhile, Jordan has hinted that young winger Ashley-Paul Robinson may not be offered a new contract at Palace after announcing on Facebook that he was set for a trial at Fulham.
"After that debacle, whether he (Robinson) gets offered another contract at Palace remains to be seen," Jordan concluded.