Eagles swoop for Easter

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CRYSTAL Palace have finally landed striker Jermaine Easter.

The Welshman returned to MK Dons on Thursday after a loan spell at Swansea City – a deal that was widely tipped to be made permanent - however, the Eagles swooped for the former Wycombe man, netting him on a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The move comes after a failed attempt to land the striker on deadline day back in August, a move that manager Karl Robinson felt was well below the asking price for a player of his quality.

After joining Dons in July 2009 from Plymouth Argyle, Easter immediately endeared himself to the stadium:mk faithful, leading the line and topping the club’s goal-scoring chart last season.

His appearances in a Dons shirt also saw him recalled to the Welsh international squad, where he won his eighth cap.

Easter is the first signing made by new Palace boss Dougie Freedman and goes straight into the squad to face, ironically, Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Having also lost Michael McIndoe on Thursday after being recalled from his loan spell by parent club Coventry City, MK Dons have agreed to release Jemal Johnson from his contract.

JJ, 25, has been in and out of the squad since joining three-and-a-half years ago, having already been released twice during his tenure at the club.

This leaves manager Karl Robinson four players down from the beginning of 2011, having also seen Aaron Wilbraham take the step up to Championship level with high-flyers Norwich City.