Alan Pardew 'not confident' of completing Crystal Palace reunion with Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini

Alan Pardew doesn't believe that he can bring Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini to Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has told the Daily Mail that he is 'not confident' of signing Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini.

The Eagles have already snapped up one of Pardew's former key players at Newcastle in Yohan Cabaye, bringing the midfielder back to the Premier League after an 18-month stint with Paris Saint-Germain - and now it seems that Pardew is looking to reunite with another former Magpie.

Recent reports from The Mirror have suggested that Palace are lining up a swoop for Newcastle United centre back Coloccini, with Pardew keen to add to his defensive options.

The 33-year-old Argentine struggled last season, and despite being captain at St. James' Park, the arrival of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has brought the veteran's future into doubt.

Now, Pardew has been asked whether he can seal a reunion with Coloccini - but he told the Daily Mirror that he is 'not confident' of signing the 'warrior', claiming that there have been no talks over a deal.

"We are not confident of signing Coloccini at all," said Pardew. "He is a great player and a warrior, he was my captain at Newcastle for five years and I have great affection for him but at the moment there are not any talks," he added.

Palace have a number of veteran centre backs in the ranks already; Damien Delaney, Paddy McCarthy and Brede Hangeland all possessing experience and leadership if Pardew needs it alongside Scott Dann.

Therefore, adding Coloccini doesn't seem to be that wise of an idea, and Pardew should instead look to sign a younger, more athletic defender to play alongside Dann - especially with Newcastle seemingly hoping to keep the Argentine on Tyneside.

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