Ian Holloway Says Crystal Palace Are Not Interested In Free Agent Carlton Cole

Eagles boss rules out offer for former West Ham striker.

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has told Sports Direct News that he won’t be offering a contract to free agent Carlton Cole.

The 29-year-old was released by West Ham this summer after seven years at Upton Park, and is still looking for a new club as the Premier League season gets underway.

The former Chelsea man had been linked as a surprise target for Tottenham, though they moved to rubbish these rumours, and now Palace boss Holloway has also ruled out offering a deal to Cole.

“Carlton’s a player I have admired in the past but I won’t be moving for him at this point,” said Holloway, who added that he is still looking at making additions before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

So far the Eagles have brought in Marouane Chamakh, Jerome Thomas and Florian Marange, but Holloway is hoping to keep strengthening his playoff-winning squad as he looks to secure survival in the Premier League.

Palace gave a spirited performance in their opening game of the season, though they were ultimately beaten 1-0 at home to Tottenham.

They were supposedly close to landing Darren Bent on loan from Aston Villa, though he eventually ended up joining Fulham instead, so Holloway will continue his search for additions upfront.

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