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Manchester United Preparing Shock January Swoop For Former Chelsea Star

Manchester United are hopeful of signing this former Chelsea and Arsenal defender…

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is interested in signing former Chelsea, Arsenal and England full-back Ashley Cole, who is likely to be made available in the January transfer window.

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Reports in the Daily Express claim Cole could be set for a shock return to the Premier League after it emerged that the left-back looks certain to leave Roma at the turn of the year.

The Italian side’s manager, Rudi Garcia, is not convinced that the ex-England international has the right attributes to fit in with his high-intensity methods, and has instructed the club’s hierarchy to find a suitable replacement.

It is also claimed that Cole has his heart set on a move back to the Premier League, where he enjoyed much success playing under the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

The source adds that a possible short-term destination for the 33-year-old could be Old Trafford, with Van Gaal keen to bring in competition for youngster Luke Shaw.

The Red Devils boss has been forced to tinker with his back-line numerous times due to injuries, and could be tempted to offer Cole a life-line in the next transfer window.

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