Chelsea call Sinclair back from Charlton and send him straight out on loan to Palace

Last updated at 21:39 27 March 2008

Crystal Palace moved to sign Chelsea starlet Scott Sinclair on loan

last night after Stamford Bridge boss Avram Grant cancelled a similar deal

with Charlton.

Grant, angry that winger Sinclair

was not given more first-team

opportunities by boss Alan Pardew

after moving to The Valley in

February, has agreed to let the 19-year-old switch to Charlton's bitter

south London Championship rivals.

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Sinclair made only three substitute

appearances at Charlton and was not

even in the squad for the last three


Palace manager Neil Warnock said:

"Scott is a player I've been looking at

for a long time so I'm delighted to

have him until the end of the season."

Sinclair, a pacy raider who had loan

spells at Plymouth and QPR last season,

could figure for Palace at home to

Blackpool tomorrow.

Leroy Lita does have a future at

Reading, according to Reading boss

Steve Coppell even though the former

England Under 21 striker has been

loaned to Charlton for the remainder

of the season.

He originally joined former Reading boss Pardew on a

month's loan but that has been

extended to include the play-offs

should Charlton reach them. Reading

do have the power to recall him


At the moment Dave Kitson, Kevin

Doyle and Shane Long are the top

three strikers for Coppell, who said:

"I've done it because four into two

doesn't go and Leroy wants to play

competitive games. I can't really

put two strikers on the bench and

we only have about three reserve

games left in which he can play. At

Charlton he has just had four

games in a row."

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Lita, a £1million signing from

Bristol City, only has a year of his

Reading contract left but Coppell

confirmed "he has a future at Reading".

Championship leaders Stoke have

signed Newcastle striker Shola

Ameobi on loan until the end of the

season. The 26-year-old will go

straight into the squad to face

Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

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