Ian Holloway has expressed his disappointment at Crystal Palace's failure to bring Andy Johnson back to Selhurst Park.
The striker, who spent four years with the Eagles earlier in his career, was close to sealing a return to the club on deadline day, but the move ultimately collapsed.
Holloway told This Is Croydon Today how QPR changed their stance on the potential move, and that Palace were not to blame for failing to land 'AJ'.
"What we were told, moved. We were ready to do the deal and agree with it, but unfortunately they changed their mind. The move fell through in the end, but that wasn't our fault," he said.
The Palace boss, who's never been one to shy away from the press, also admitted how Johnson had been a long term target for the club.
He added: "It's something we were interested in doing right from the start of the window, right from the moment we got promoted."
Johnson had been the star man in Palace's last season in the top flight, with his 21 league goals resulting in an England debut in February 2005.
Having originally joined the club in 2002 as a make-weight in the deal which took Clinton Morrison to Birmingham, he'd move to Everton in the summer of 2006 for over £8million.
Injury problems have hindered his career since, but Palace were hopeful of getting a medical completed.
Holloway concluded: "I don't talk about other people's players because I don't think it's right, but I will talk about him this time because he was on our training ground and trying to sort out some sort of medical."
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