Neil Warnock keen to sign Ashley Cole

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Neil Warnock has admitted his interest in bringing former England full-back Ashley Cole to Crystal Palace, despite the fact that the 33-year-old only moved to Italy earlier this year.

Cole's agent has brandished the claims that the player is unhappy in Italy as 'a disgrace', and has insisted the ex-Chelsea star is enjoying playing for one of Italy's top clubs. 

Roma are also said to be happy with the contribution from Cole, however the Palace manager would love to bring the Premier League legend to Selhurst Park in January.

Warnock said: "Absolutely, I'd have him tomorrow if I could. I think he's super."


Despite claims that Cole is happy in Italy, Roma boss Rudi Garcia has not selected him since November 22. 

The Roma gaffer has picked Jose Holebas instead of Cole in all of the club's recent matches, sparking rumours that the star could be on his way out in next month's transfer window. 

It is understood that the Italian outfit believe Cole should not play every game, just the same as when he was at Chelsea, but the Londoner has not featured for almost a month - although Garcia is reportedly happy with what he offers the team. 


The ex-Arsenal left back has played 11 times since joining Roma on a free transfer in July, and his representative David Mannaseh insists his priorities lie in Italy.

“Ashley is loving life in Italy and in Rome. He has never been happier," Mannaseh told the Evening Standard.

"Whoever has given this information out is a disgrace because all it does is give fans of a football club false hope."

"Ashley is concentrating on trying to win trophies in Italy and, in particular, Serie A this season. Nothing else." 


Cole spent a short time on loan at Selhurst Park back in 1999, where he played 14 times, scoring one goal in his stint away from parent club at the time, Arsenal. 

Warnock would almost certainly guarantee Cole a starting position in the team, despite Martin Kelly and Joel Ward filling the full-back positions rather well so far this season. 

The defender would almost certainly have to agree to a pay-cut if he is to return to the Premier League, with Palace not likely to pay similar wages to Roma. 

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