Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a summer move for Chelsea skipper John Terry and believes the Eagles have enough cover at the back already.
The Chelsea legend will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the season and while he is looking for a move to see out his playing career, Allardyce is stalling on making deals until the club's Premier League future is decided.
The Eagles are currently 15th and seven points clear of the drop but face a tough trip to Anfield on Sunday.
Despite the danger the club is in Allardyce believes he has enough strength at the back. He said, via the Mirror: “I’ve got Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Damien Delaney and Martin Kelly, so in central defence we’re looking pretty secure.
“I’m not sure if that’s going to be a position we’ll look at if and when we’re safe.
“And hopefully we are safe by the end of the season, but that position looks pretty healthy.
However, Allardyce was quick to praise the new club-bound Terry and suggested that he still has the ability to play Premier League football.
“John, fantastic player that he is, would do us a great job, but with that amount of centre-halves at the club, I can’t see that happening at the moment,” he added.
Terry has been one of the best defenders the Premier League has ever seen, securing a mammoth 16 titles in his 19 years with Chelsea. However, with no player role available at his beloved Blues he is looking to move on, with a preference to staying in the English top flight.
While Terry is 36-years-old, the centre back still possess the quality to provoke interest from plenty of clubs, including West Brom and his former youth club West Ham.