Derby County manager Frank Lampard has not ruled out the possibility of signing England legend and now free agent left back Ashley Cole after his release from American MLS side LA Galaxy.

After he was released from MLS side LA Galaxy, former Arsenal and Chelsea left back Ashley Cole was almost instantly linked with a reunion with former teammate Frank Lampard at Derby County.

It is thought that Derby County are considering bringing in another left back at Pride Park, after the unfortunate Craig Forsyth suffered a third cruciate ligament injury in the space of four seasons. Lampard revealed that the defender has undergone successful surgery on the injury, but he will still be out for some time yet.

With Forsyth set to miss either the entire or most of this season, Scott Malone is the only senior left back available for Lampard, and the former Chelsea captain is looking at bringing in reinforcements in the January window.

“I don’t know. I know Ashley well. I haven’t spoken to him on it, so it’s a conversation I could easily have,” Lampard told the Derby Telegraph.

Lampard did add that they could opt to call young defender Max Lowe back from his loan spell at Scottish side Aberdeen if they need to.

“We also have Max Lowe on loan at Aberdeen as a young left-back who had a really good pre-season for us.

“So, again, one to consider over the next few weeks.”

When asked if he believed that Cole could still cut it at Championship level, Lampard added:

“I’m sure he could do.

“He’s 37, the best left-back of his generation, in my opinion, or actually many generations if you’re talking about those in an England shirt.

“So it’s certainly something that is high on my mind and I know Ashley so well that it would be an easy conversation for me to have.”


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