Transfer Deadline Day: Celtic's Joe Ledley joins Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace completed the signing of Joe Ledley from Celtic but with only minutes to spare before the closure of the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old midfielder was one of five deadline-day signings by the English Premier League club.

Palace announced that Ledley had signed "for an undisclosed fee, subject to final confirmation from the Premier League."

He penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Selhurst Park.

Ledley had been offered a new deal at Celtic Park, with his current contract running out this summer.

Tony Pulis tried to sign me at Stoke and it didn't happen and I am delighted to be working with him now as he's a fantastic manager

Joe Ledley Crystal Palace midfielder

And Celtic preferred to sell now rather than allow him to leave for nothing and accepted a bid from the London club.

Ledley had trained with Celtic in the morning before heading to the south of England.

He said: "It's been a whirlwind day and I am just looking forward to a new challenge.

"It's been a fantastic few years at Celtic, but I spoke to manager Neil Lennon and made my decision to come down."

Palace also secured the signatures of Blackpool winger Tom Ince, Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Dann, Southampton midfielder Jason Puncheon and Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Scottish striker Stephen Dobbie was allowed to return to Blackpool on loan in exchange for Ince.

Ledley was looking forward to working under Palace manager Tony Pulis.

"He tried to sign me at Stoke and it didn't happen and I am delighted to be working with him now as he's a fantastic manager," said the Welshman.

Ledley moved to Glasgow under freedom of contract in 2010, following six years at hometown club Cardiff City.

He helped Celtic win three league titles and last year's Scottish Cup.

The Wales international was on target in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Kilmarnock, taking his tally for the season to five goals.

His former club said in a website statement: "Everyone at Celtic would like to thank Joe for his fantastic contribution to the club over the past three-and-a-half years and we wish him every success in the future."