Crystal Palace are ready to launch a bid for former Chelsea, Arsenal and England defender Ashley Cole…
Premier League side Crystal Palace are ready to launch an ambitious raid on Italian giants Roma for former Chelsea, Arsenal and England defender Ashley Cole.
Reports in the Daily Mail confirm that Palace are exploring their options before likely offering a loan deal until the end of the season. The Eagles attempted to sign Cole last summer, but missed out to Roma.
Cole enjoyed a successful loan spell at Selhurst Park back in 2000, and would likely receive a warm reception if he were to return for a second stint with Neil Warnock’s side.
According to the source, Warnock has identified a new left back as a top priority when the transfer window reopens in January. and are ready to revive their interest in the former England star who won 107 caps.
Cole’s position at Roma is unclear after being dropped from the starting line-up for the last five matches. The player’s struggles in Rome have reignited Palace’s interest but there are numerous hurdles to overcome before any move materialises – namely Cole’s high wages.
Inclusive of bonuses, Cole earns up to £80,000 per week in Italy, while Palace’s wage ceiling is about £40,000 per week, but the player could be tempted to lower his demands, having stated in 2010 that he would like to return to the club one day.
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