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Liverpool Plot Late Swoop For Former Chelsea Star

Reds hope to hijack AS Roma’s move for experienced England defender.

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Liverpool are poised to make a last-ditch bid to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mail.

Cole is currently a free agent after being released by Chelsea following eight years at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old has held talks with Serie A runners up AS Roma, who are hopeful of formalising a deal for the 107-time England international next week.

However, Liverpool are keen to hijack Roma’s move for Cole by offering him a chance to stay in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is from Northern Ireland, appears to enjoy working with English talent.

The Reds provided five members of England’s 23-man World Cup squad – Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

Two more members of that squad – midfielder Adam Lallana and forward Rickie Lambert – have since been signed from Southampton.

Cole was not included in England’s squad, with Roy Hodgson opting to choose Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines ahead of the experienced full-back.

However, Cole still has plenty to offer and he would likely improve Liverpool’s first XI.

Liverpool’s left-back responsibilities were shared between Mamadou Sakho, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and Daniel Agger last season.

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