Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has ruled out a bid for Newcastle United’s Fabricio Coloccini.
Pardew – who handed Coloccini the captain’s armband during his time at St James’s Park – had been interested in signing the defender.
Newcastle, however, were unwilling to sell Coloccini to Palace.
And Pardew today took the unusual step of issuing a statement ruling out a move for the 33-year-old, who has one year left on his United contract.
The statement read: “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.”
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren yesterday suggested that Coloccini would retain the captaincy at St James’s Park.
Coloccini, however, is very doubtful for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Southampton, having missed all the club’s pre-season games with an Achilles problem.