Richard Keys comments on Crystal Palace transfers, and Fabricio Coloccini

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Richard Keys has called on Crystal Palace to push to sign Fabricio Coloccini from Newcastle United.

Former SkySports presenter Richard Keys has urged Crystal Palace to push for Fabricio Coloccini.

Palace have recruited well this summer, and Keys took to Twitter to praise the efforts of manager Alan Pardew.

He called on Pardew to aim to sign Coloccini as the final piece of the jigsaw for the ambitious Premier League side.

 

It was reported over the weekend by The Mirror that Palace are planning a move for Coloccini, who worked with Pardew at Newcastle.

Toon boss Steve McClaren has however insisted Coloccini remains part of his plans, despite the incoming signing of centre-back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht, a transfer subject to a work permit.

The Star report McClaren's comments: "So far as I am concerned, I want him out on the pitch in a Newcastle shirt playing for the team, and I’m confident he will be with us at the start of the season.

“I have been delighted with his attitude and the way he is around the place. I have looked at him in training and, certainly, he’s one of our best players."

Coloccini, 33, has two years left on his contract and signed for Newcastle even before Pardew's appointment as manager.

An alternative for Palace could be centre-back James Chester of Hull, with The Sun reporting their interest. The paper however claim five other sides are interested, including Newcastle.

Palace recently extended the contract of defender Scott Dann, and have signed former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Last week they secured a season long loan deal to sign Chelsea prospect Patrick Bamford.

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