Gossip: Crystal Palace 'want Carlton Cole', Man Utd 'watching Nainggolan', Arsenal 'fail with Ozil swap offer'

Transfer target: Jose Mourinho has his eye on Radja Nainggolan

There have been some great comebacks in history – occasions of incredible determination and drama that have been imprinted on our collective consciousness and will never be forgotten.

Istanbul 2005, New England Patriots 2017, Elvis 1968, Craig David 2016, Jesus Christ 33 AD. Big moments.

But even these legendary feats may soon be surpassed, because we are reportedly about to witness a comeback that would be potentially more sensational that all of the above combined.

An event that would shake the earth to its core; send mountains crumbling into the sea; catapult the sun spinning around the moon…

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Carlton Cole is on his way back to the Premier League. Believe.

Today’s Mirror claims that top flight basement boys Crystal Palace are set to turn to the former West Ham goal machine as the saviour to lead them to the promised land of 17th place.

Without a club since his release last month by Indonesian giants Persib Bandung (whose manager rather cruelly stated that Cole “plays very badly compared to the other players”), Cole would be available for the incredible price of FREE.

Palace have not scored a single goal in the league this season and have no fit senior strikers following injuries to Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham, prompting new Eagles Roy Hodgson to turn to Cole.

How fitting it would be for the Croydon-born centre-forward to end his career at the club closest to his birthplace. And is it a coincide that, at 33, Cole is currently the same age as Jesus at the time of his resurrection*?


Mourinho seeks Carrick replacement

Today’s other transfer gossip seems inconsequential by comparison, but we’ll run through it anyway.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho apparently “sent scouts” to watch Roma’s Radja Nainggolan in action in his side’s recent Champions League match against Atletico Madrid, reports the Sun.

A “source” told the tabloid that Jose is a “big fan” of the Belgian midfielder and is considering him as a replacement for Michael Carrick at the end of the season.

United are also among the clubs keeping tabs on Aston Villa starlet Keinan Davis, who the Mirror says is being chased by Arsenal and Everton too following some impressive recent displays in the Championship.

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Elsewhere, United are competing with “Europe’s biggest clubs” to sign highly rated Sarpsborg 08 midfielder Krepin Diatta (ESPN), Arsenal’s attempt to pull off a swap deal involving Mesut Ozil and Inter Milan’s Joao Mario has been scuppered by the Italian side (Calciomercato) and Watford forward Richarlison has revealed he snubbed a proposed summer move to Ajax after receiving a phone call from Hornets manager Marco Silva (Watford Observer). Presumably it helped to have Silva explain to him, in Portuguese, what Watford is.

*According to reports in the New Testament, usual caveats apply.

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