New Crystal Palace signing Neil Danns has vowed to fire the Eagles to promotion after joining from Premier League Birmingham City, writes Simon Fitzjohn.

Danns, who moved to Selhurst Park on Monday after a £600,000 swoop, arrives with a reputation for finding the net.

The attacking midfielder notched 28 goals in 87 appearances for Colchester to earn a big-money move to St Andrews in 2006.

And the 25-year-old, who endured a frustrating time at the midlands outfit making just 11 appearances, is itching to get back on the goal trail.

Danns said: "I scored a lot of goals at Colchester in our promotion seasons.

"I'm the type of player who loves getting in the box and I love scoring goals.

"I know I have a reputation for scoring goals and if I can get more goals for Crystal Palace then I will."

Neil Warnock revealed earlier in the week that he had targeted Danns for just that reason, highlighting the lack of goals from midfield as a prime concern.

And Danns admitted he had little hesitation when told of Palace's interest.

He added: "I was very frustrated at Birmingham.

"I thought as the team was not winning games I thought I should be given a chance.

"So from the moment I heard Crystal Palace were interested a couple of weeks ago I wanted to go.

"You can see the way this club is going since the gaffer took over and this is a great opportunity for me."

Danns arrives with both a hefty reputation and price-tag, with the fee possibly even increasing to £850,000 if the Eagles secure promotion.

But he insisted that he is more than happy with the situation.

He added: "The manager obviously bought me here because he values me.

"I just have to keep doing what I've been doing as that has what has bought me to the club.

"To be honest I'm really still looking to improve as a player and I want my value to rise even higher.

"I do not see it as pressure at all - to me it is more of a challenge."

Despite his stop-start career at Birmingham, Danns has few harsh words to say about the Premier League outfit.

But he is quick to describe his dream scenario.

He added: "I have a lot of good friends at Birmingham so I really hope they stay up this season.

"Even so if I could bag the winner for Palace at St Andrews in the Premier League next season I'd love that."