Crystal Palace are being linked with former West Ham United striker Carlton Cole to fill the remaining spot in their 25-man Premier League squad.
After the ligament damage suffered by Belgian target man Christian Benteke in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, Palace literally have nobody to turn to in his expected 8-week absence.
The Eagles released U23s goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou to free up a vacant position for a free agent to arrive. With Giuseppe Rossi suffering a long-term injury and Cheick Diabate supposedly not being considered, the 7-time England international Cole has become a real option after his release from Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung.
Palace were repeatedly linked with Croydon-born Cole during his days at Upton Park before ending his nine-year spell with the Hammers to join Celtic. The former Chelsea academy graduate also had spells in his younger days on loan at Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa. Never a prolific scorer, Cole scored 55 goals for West Ham in 256 league appearances. Fast approaching his 34th birthday, it’s difficult to see what Cole would offer Palace in the ruthless, fast-paced intensity of modern-day Premier League football.
I can’t believe I’m writing this, to be honest with you. I didn’t know Carlton Cole was still around. Incredible.