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Crystal Palace favourites for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Wolverhampton | Sport | Published:

Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake could be offered a contract lifeline by Ipswich – but Crystal Palace are favourites to sign him.

Former Molineux boss Mick McCarthy is considering offering the 27-year-old, whose deal expires two weeks today, a short-term contract at Portman Road.

Ebanks-Blake isn't expected to be fully fit until October because of his broken leg and ankle ligament damage.

Palace have been linked with a swoop for want-away West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie after being left with few attacking options.

Championship Golden Boot winner Glenn Murray, who scored 31 goals last season, will be out for up to 12 months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments.

Ebanks-Blake is currently doing his rehabilitation at Compton but Wolves have already said he and fellow out-of-contract players Christophe Berra and Stephen Hunt won't be offered new deals.

As reported in later editions of yesterday's Express & Star, Wolves have tabled an enquiry for Burnley's soon-to-be out-of-contract striker Martin Paterson, 26.

But they face competition from six Championship clubs, including Wigan, who paraded Paterson's former Clarets boss Owen Coyle yesterday afternoon.

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