Warnock denies Beattie approach

29 July 2009 10:24
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock says he has not approached West Brom about a move for striker Craig Beattie.The Scottish international had a 15-match spell on loan at Selhurst Park last season, and Warnock has admitted he is in the market for a new forward. But he confirmed to BBC London: "I've not actually spoken to West Brom or Craig since the start of pre-season. "Obviously he's one that we know about, but we're looking at a number of options and hopefully we can get one." Beattie scored five times during his two-and-a-half month stay at Selhurst Park, and also spent time on loan to Sheffield United in the second half of the campaign. But he struggled to break into the first-team at West Brom, whose former manager Tony Mowbray has since moved to Celtic. Warnock admits the Eagles have struggled in their attempts so far to bring in a front man. "It's very difficult at the moment in the climate to pick a 'Bosman' up that can score goals in the Championship. "It's like conjuring up something from a hat, but we've got to do that. "We've got to stick at it and I'm sure we'll be able to give anyone a good game."

Source: BBC_Sport