Johnson lines up deal to bring Appiah to Yeovil from Palace
Crystal Palace youngster Kwesi Appiah is expected to become Yeovil Town's latest arrival on Monday, when he is due to sign a loan deal until the end of the season.
The talented striker has been training with the Glovers this week as Town manager Gary Johnson casts his eye over a player he briefly worked with at Peterborough United.
Appiah joined the Eagles during last January's transfer window as the npower Championship outfit fought off competition to sign the forward, who had blasted 35 goals in 33 appearances for non-League side Margate.
The 22-year-old spent a month on loan at Aldershot Town earlier this season and has started once for Palace in the Capital One Cup this term, as well as coming off the substitutes' bench on a handful of occasions.
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Yeovil's lack of a game in League One this weekend and Johnson's eagerness to ensure Appiah is at Huish Park until the end of the campaign means that a deal for the former Weymouth and Kettering Town loanee will not go through until the start of the week.
Attacker Keanu Marsh-Brown will have left the Somerset club by then, with his exit anticipated to be confirmed by today at the latest.
Johnson said: "We've got Kwesi Appiah with us from Crystal Palace at the moment, training with us with a view to a loan. I had him for a very short time at Peterborough and he ended up going to Margate, scoring a lot of goals.
"Palace then took him, paying a lot of money for him, I believe. He's that other striker we're looking for in the Paddy Madden mould. He is quick and on the shoulder, which is what I felt we've needed for our squad. It gives us good competition for all positions.
"He has got that raw pace, he has got that good touch and I do know him, so I know what he will bring personality-wise to the squad.
"He has had a couple of games for Palace and he came off the bench against Stoke City recently. At the moment we are leaving it for a few days so if we do take him for 93 days – which we have agreed with Palace – we will then have him for the rest of the season.
"If we signed him today, he would miss the last couple of games. If we sign him on Monday, the whole 93 days would take him until the end of the season."
The Glovers have to wait until Tuesday before their next outing, with seventh-placed Milton Keynes Dons the visitors in League One combat.
Johnson said the encounter with Karl Robinson's men will start an important sequence of clashes for the Somerset side. "MK Dons are a great side with their Championship-style football," he said.
"They're the nearly-men at the moment where in the last few years they've nearly got there. I think they believe this is a big year for them and they're in the place everyone outside the top six wants.
"When we get around to these home games, they are going to be good ones. They're big games now against MK Dons, Brentford, Oldham and Preston," Johnson added.
"We have got to be really excited as a club that we've got some really big games coming up."