Monday December 13 2010
Duo snub Cassano bid

Palermo and Parma are the latest clubs to withdraw from the race to sign Sampdoria rebel Antonio Cassano in January.

Both clubs have been associated with the enigma given that his Doria career is basically over after a row with President Riccardo Garrone.

Although Cassano could be available on a free transfer if his contract is rescinded by a tribunal, the Serie A pair who actually met over the weekend are not possible destinations.

"Everyone would like Cassano, but there is no room for him here," said Maurizio Zamparini, the Palermo chief who had previously hinted that he would make an approach.

"If I didn't have Javier Pastore in the team then I would probably think about it, but I'm keeping hold of the Argentine."

Parma, meanwhile, had been suggested as a possible short-term solution for Cassano with whispers claiming he could sign a six-month deal.

"He is a player who doesn't form a part of our project on a sporting or human level," noted Gialloblu President Tommaso Ghirardi.

"Our relationship with Sampdoria President Garrone must also be taken into consideration."

A decision on Cassano's contract situation was expected to be made today but a verdict has been postponed until later this week.

Juventus have also insisted they will make no move for Cassano.