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Are Palace Set To Sign This Italian International Striker In January?

Crystal Palace could take a chance on Italian international striker Giampaolo Pazzini in the upcoming January transfer window, after AC Milan deemed the 30-year-old surplus to requirements at the San Siro.

The Italian giants have had the frontman on their books since August of 2012, when he signed from their bitter rivals Inter in a deal which saw Antonio Cassano and a sizeable amount of money (believed to be around £7.5 million) going to the blue and black side of Milan as compensation for their loss.

Having begun his career with Atalanta in 2003, Pazzini has gone on to net 134 goals in 398 games to date, with a record of 19 in 67 appearances for his current club. After drawing comparisons to Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi in the early stages of his time there, the striker has seem himself drop out of the spotlight to an extent, with a move to England with Crystal Palace seen as a potentially great move for all parties, should he manage to settle well into life outside of Italy.

With 25 full international caps to his name, Pazzini undoubtedly has the pedigree to interest even the most cautious of onlookers, despite the recent difficulties he’s faced with Milan, and given Neil Warnock’s desperate search for a goalscorer to build the team around in the remaining months of the season, the Italian may prove to be the perfect fit for our needs.

Although AC Milan appear more than happy to let him leave the club, it seems that they would rather not have to face him at any stage between now and the end of the current league season, looking towards the Premier League as the perfect destination for Pazzini, as he looks to reignite the spark that saw him attract such interest just three years ago.

Would you take a chance on the Italian, or continue to look elsewhere?

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Ashley Cole Will NOT Be Leaving Roma For Crystal Palace In January

After a mountain of speculation in recent days, Neil Warnock has dismissed any hope of Ashley Cole returning to Crystal Palace on loan in the upcoming January transfer window.

After reports initially surfaced in the Daily Mail claiming that Cole was unhappy with life in the Italian capital thanks to his recent exclusion from the Roma starting eleven, chatter began to circulate about the potential for the left-back, who spent some time on loan at Palace in the 2000, to make a sensational return to SE25.

Sadly for our supporters, any hope of a possible deal was short-lived, with the defender’s own agent branding the rumours surrounding Cole “disgraceful”, which has now been swiftly followed by comments from the Palace boss, claiming that there is absolutely no chance of the club forcing through a move in the coming weeks.

When questioned about the stories, Warnock said:

“We have already been told that there is no way he is coming back. He is enjoying himself over there. I don’t think there is any chance whatsoever.”

Still only 33, Cole supposedly moved to Rome with ambitions of adding a few more winners medals to his already sizeable collection, with a move to Selhurst Park just months later always seeming a little far-fetched from the beginning.

Perhaps the story arose due to a Daily Mail writer looking towards our well publicised search for a new left-back in the upcoming window and tying Cole in as a possible dream candidate to plug the gap, thus whipping up a frenzy without any concrete evidence that either side had seriously considered the move in the first place. Either way, there have been a large amount of column inches devoted to it since, which in essence could be seen as a job well done for the initial author of the report.

We move on with our search, perhaps a little saddened by the fact that we won’t be seeing Ashley Cole in a Palace shirt this season. It’s the hope that kills you.

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