Ashley Cole is in talks with Derby County, as reported by The72 yesterday.
The 38-year-old left-back left Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy at the end of their 2018 season and has since been weighing up his next move.
Derby boss Frank Lampard knows Cole well from their time at Chelsea and England together and is looking to bolster his squad ahead of their promotion push.
Cole is vastly experienced and could be a shrewd addition for the Championship side. He has played over 600 games in his career in three different countries, as well as racking up an impressive 107 caps for England.
He started his career at Arsenal and won the Premier League with them twice and the FA Cup three times. Chelsea then swooped to sign him from their London rivals in 2006 and Cole went onto win the Premier League once more, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup, Europa League and the Champions League.
The ex-England international left Chelsea in 2014 for two years with Roma before joining LA Galaxy in 2016.
Here is how the Derby County fans have reacted on Twitter to the reports linking them with a move for Ashley Cole-
Let’s be honest as fans as much as we all love the competitive level of the championship the standard really is crap compared the the Premier League. Someone of Ashley Cole’s experience and quality could still easily compete in this league still. #dcfc #dcfcfans
— Tommy E (@derby1884) January 18, 2019
Ashley Cole good or bad signing? Dunno, but he is one of the outstanding English players over the past 15 years! #dcfc
— Andy Buckley-Taylor (@BuckTaylor64) January 18, 2019
Richard Keogh and Ashley Cole in the same defence, my life as a Derby County fan has officially peaked, there's no turning back #dcfc
— Taylor (@TaylorThorne97) January 17, 2019
Sending Lowe back to Aberdeen is a fairly blunt appraisal of where he's at from Lampard. If it's Cole, he is still fit, having made 30 starts for LA Galaxy last season and contributed nine assists. If Lampard thinks he can do a job for #dcfc, I think he's earned our trust by now.
— Derby County Blog (@derbycountyblog) January 17, 2019
England reunion @ Pride park Ashley Coles on his was to join Lampard then just waiting on Scholes & Beckham 😉🐑 #dcfc
— Billy (@billymillership) January 17, 2019