Chelsea hero Ashley Cole could be set for a shock return to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace looking to bring him into the club.
Cole left Chelsea at the end of last season after a trophy laden spell with the Blues, choosing to leave England behind and make an attempt at establishing himself in Serie A.
He moved to last season’s second placed finishers Roma, but has struggled to settle since joining the capital city club.
As a result, there have been constant rumours that he is on the cusp of moving back to the Premier League.
Palace might offer him a route back home, with the Selhurst Park side looking to sign him on a second loan spell.
He previously played for the London side on loan from former club Arsenal in the 1999/2000 season, making 14 appearances and scoring one goal.
A return to London, where he spent his entire career prior to his move to Italy, would appeal to him, according to the Daily Mail.
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There has been a constant train of successful non-league strikers stepping up to the Football League in recent seasons.
The most notable of these is undoubtedly Charlie Austin, who has began to score on a more regular basis for Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, having played for sides like Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and Poole Town less than eight years ago.
There have been others, however, and it is increasingly clear that players from the bottom can have an impact on the top-level of the game, no matter how far they’ve fallen.
Here are seven things that prove non-league stars can step up:
1. Jermaine Beckford scored a goal every other game in his first season in League One with Leeds United
2. Steve Morison bullied League One defences, scoring 35 goals in two seasons for Millwall
3. Dwight Gayle stepped up to the Premier League in only two years after leaving non-league, costing Crystal Palace a club record £4.5 million
Here he is ending Liverpool’s title hopes last season.
4. Jamie Vardy struggled, scoring only four goals in 26 games after his £1 million move to Leicester City, but played a key role as they beat Manchester United 5-3 in the Premier League this season
5. Jermaine Beckford scored the goal as Leeds beat their biggest rivals Man Utd away from home for the first time since 1981. In the same season, he scored a last-minute equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur and the goal that won Leeds promotion
6. These goalscoring heroes played at the following clubs: Jermaine Beckford, Wealdstone; Steve Morison, Bishop’s Stortford; Dwight Gayle, Stansted and Dagenham & Redbridge; Jamie Vardy, Stocksbridge Park Steels and FC Halifax Town
Where Jamie Vardy plied his trade for Stocksbridge.
7. Fernando Torres cost Chelsea £50 million and scored 20 goals in the Premier League in 110 games. Charlie Austin cost Queens Park Rangers £4 million and has scored 6 goals in 10 Premier League games
In bizarre news, former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has fallen out with Crystal Palace’s stadium announcer over his work during the club’s clash with Newcastle United in the League Cup, as revealed at his press conference today.
Palace and Newcastle could not be separated in 90 minutes, and therefore went into extra time drawing 2-2.
As a result, they were playing when the draw for the fourth round of the competition was taking place, and the stadium announcer chose to reveal that one of the two sides would be facing Manchester City away from home as a result.
Palace ultimately lost the game, with Newcastle academy graduate Paul Dummett scoring after the north east club were reduced to ten men. This gave them a 3-2 win and passage into the next round.
Warnock, however, feels that the announcer, rather than his team, was to blame for the loss, and said that he has investigated the incident.
“I felt it was out of order,” Warnock said.
“I made an enquiry after the game because I was disappointed.”
“I think that’s why [the players] threw the last goal in, so they didn’t go to Man City away.”
The former QPR boss returned to Palace after the departure of Tony Pulis.