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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson dismisses Carlton Cole reports

Hodgson dismisses Carlton Cole reports
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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson dismisses reports that the Eagles are looking to sign free agent Carlton Cole.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has insisted that he is not looking to sign Carlton Cole on a free transfer.

After Christian Benteke was ruled out for at least six weeks with a knee injury, Hodgson is assessing his options ahead of signing a new striker who is out of contract.

Both Cole and Rickie Lambert have been linked with a move to Selhurst Park, but Hodgson has rejected claims that former West Ham United striker Cole is on his radar.

Hodgson is quoted by the Croydon Advertiser as saying: "Not to me, he hasn't been mentioned. We have got a sporting director, Dougie Freedman, who is doing a remarkable job. [Freedman] is working unbelievably hard to turn over every particular stone to hopefully find something under the stone.

"Now whether he has actually spoken or thought about Carlton Cole, I can't answer that. But I would doubt it, because I think he would have mentioned it to me."

Palace face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon having not registered a point or goal in the Premier League this season.

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