The New York Red Bulls are reportedly weighing up a move for former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, as they begin their hunt for designated players.
Cole is currently playing in Serie A with AS Roma after signing a two-year deal back in July, despite interest from Major League Soccer at that time too.
However, the experienced left-back has failed to impress coaching staff at Roma, and he was substituted at half-time during the 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich last week.
The 33-year-old is back on the radar of two MLS clubs as a result, according to the Daily Mail.
Orlando City are believed to be interested, but it’s the Red Bulls who appear Cole’s most likely destination were he to change his stance on the league.
Many fans were angered by the Englishman’s comments this summer as he referred to MLS as “an easy ride”, but a move to New York could now be an enticing option if things don’t improve in Italy.
Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill – the Red Bull’s current two designated players, are looking likely to leave the club after the playoffs, and so the club will have money to invest in someone of Cole’s calibre.
Cole’s good friend and former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard is set to move to the Big Apple to join up with New York City FC in February, and this might also influence the Roma man’s decision.
Would Ashley Cole be a good capture for MLS? Should the Red Bulls invest in him?