Ward seals Palace move

Joel Ward has moved to Crystal Palace for �400,000
Joel Ward has moved to Crystal Palace for �400,000
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Joel Ward has completed his switch to Crystal Palace.

The versatile Pompey favourite has penned a four-year deal with the Eagles in a £400,000 deal.

As expected, Ward opted for a move back to the Championship with the Londoners, despite interest from Leeds, Blackpool, Ipswich, Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday.

Ward, from Emsworth, grew up as a Pompey fan and came through the club’s ranks.

But Pompey’s financial woes meant the 23-year-old’s exit was a cert this summer.