Alan Pardew responds to reports Crystal Palace want to sign Fabricio Coloccini

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace have been linked with signing Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.

Speaking to the official Crystal Palace website, Alan Pardew has addressed Crystal Palace’s reported interest in Fabricio Coloccini.

He said: “Contrary to the rumours and reports circulating in the media, we want to confirm we have no interest in Fabricio Coloccini and although he remains my ex-captain and a great player, he will not be coming to Crystal Palace.”

This ends any speculation linking the defender, and Newcastle club captain, with the Eagles.

The Mirror reported a few weeks ago that Palace wanted to move for Coloccini, with his future at St James' Park in doubt.

He played his best football under Alan Pardew on Tyneside, and although he has struggled in the last few years, at the age of 33 he still has a few years ahead of him as a top level footballer.

Palace’s central defensive positions are the weakest in their current squad, and it is no surprise that Pardew was looking to bring in a Premier League proven centre half this summer.

However, it looks as if Coloccini will not be that player following Pardew’s admission that the Argentine is not a player who will be coming to Palace.

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