Exit-bound Chelsea idol could be given shock Prem lifeline

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he would be open to the idea of signing Chelsea’s John Terry at the end of the season if the Blues release their veteran captain.

The 35-year-old centre-back revealed over the weekend that he will be looking for a new club this summer with the London side not willing to hand him a new contract.

With Terry not getting any younger, it has been speculated that he may move to join the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole in America’s Major League Soccer, while Chinese Super League teams are currently spending big in a bid to increase the profile of football in the country.

However, Pardew has confessed that should Terry become available, he’ll sound him out about a potential move to Selhurst Park:

“I’ve bumped into John Terry on occasion and asked him many times to join me,” he is quoted by Sky Sports. “He always sniggers at the suggestion.

“Of course I will ask one more time. I’m sure I’ll bump into him again and ask the question.”

Terry himself may be swayed by the chance to stay in England, although his close ties with Chelsea could deter him from joining a rival side – as was the case when Gerrard left Liverpool.