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Crystal Palace sign Puncheon and Hennessey, are Ince and Ledley on the way?

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Crystal Palace aren’t leaving anything to chance on deadline day, as manager Tony Pulis has signed two players and is close to adding two more to the ranks at Selhurst Park.

Jason Puncheon, who has been on loan to the Eagles from Southampton all season, signed permanently in a deal thought to be worth around $2.2 million. And Palace all picked up Irish goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

Puncehon has scored three times in his last six games for Palace, as the winger has impressed since joining on loan from Saints at rhe start of this season. As for Hennessey, he performed well for Wolves when they were in the PL just two seasons ago, but has fallen out of favor at Molinuex after refusing to play in a game earlier this month.

So that’s two in, but Blackpool winger Thomas Ince and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley could both be on their way to South London.

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Ince has been at Palace’s training ground all day and has agreed personal terms after Blackpool accepted a loan offer from the Eagles. However a potential spanner has been thrown into the works as Stoke City have placed a bid to buy the 21-year-old winger permanently, which would see Blackpool got some money for their star player.

The reason why Ince wants a loan move to Palace is that he can leave for free in the summer and become a free agent and get a lucrative signing on bonus.

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Puncheon seals his permanent move to Palace, after the winger has dazzled on loan.

As for Ledley, he’s in a similar situation as the Welshman’s deal with Celtic expires at the end of the season and the Hoops want to recoup some cash for their tricky midfielder. Ledley, 27, has been a regular scorer and has really quality on the ball.

His addition, along with a possible move for Ince, would certainly make the Eagles squad look a lot stronger for the rest of the PL campaign.

Can Pulis work his deadline day magic for Palace like he always used to at Stoke?

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
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