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Owen Garvan extends Crystal Palace contract, moves off of Dougie Freedman's shopping list

Dan Istitene

The summer transfer window is not yet open and as such, Bolton Wanderers have not yet officially signed any senior players. We know that two names are definitely in (Hayden White and Conor Wilkinson) but those two are youngsters. A few senior names have been thrown around with Alex Baptiste and Marc Tierney looking likely to sign but they are not quite in the door yet.

One of the names being thrown around consistently this summer is that of Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan. The 25-year-old central midfielder was set to have his contract expire this summer, paving the way for a reunion with Dougie Freedman at the Reebok Stadium. That move is now dead in the water with Crystal Palace's Premier League promotion confirmed and Garvan pledging his immediate future to the Eagles.

On Wednesday, the former Republic of Ireland U21 international signed a two year contract extension at Selhurst Park, along with defender Peter Ramage. Both players will be part of Ian Holloway's Palace team in the top flight next season.

Dougie Freedman will have to begin searching for another central attacking midfielder to help fill the gap left by Mark Davies. The mazy-run-making midfield man hurt his knee in a late-February clash with Peterborough United and was then set to miss up to ten months with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.