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Transfer news: Liverpool 'looking into possibility' of signing Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on a free transfer

Cole is available on a free transfer at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to the MLS but reports claim Liverpool could look to try and sign the veteran defender

Liverpool are being linked with a reported move for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole as the England international prepares to bring the curtain down on his Blues career.

Cole’s contract is up for renewal in the summer, and with no sign of a new deal coming in his direction, the 33-year-old is likely to leave the Stamford Bridge outfit. Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to pick the 107-time capped international has signalled that the end if nigh for Cole at the club he joined in 2006.

But reports claim that Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring the experienced defender to Anfield next season on a free transfer in order to strengthen his blossoming squad. Despite being linked with a big-money move to the MLS to play out his career, the Reds appear to be ready to offer Cole a chance to remain in the English top flight.

It is believed that Rodgers, who was at Chelsea alongside Cole until late 2008, has asked the Liverpool owners for permission to sign Cole on a one-year deal from the summer.


The move would go against Rodgers’ policy of developing young talent, but the Northern Irishman believes his added experience would prove invaluable to the rest of the squad, along was his past-ventures in the Champions League having won the competition with Chelsea in 2012.

Liverpool have chopped and changed their starting left-back this season, with Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and Mamadou Sakho all featuring at full-back, although youngster Jon Flanagan appears to have nailed down the starting berth since the turn of the year.