Chelsea defender Ashley Cole could make a shock move to MLS outfit New York Red Bulls in January, according to the Sunday People.

The left-back, who turns 33 this month, is out of contract in the summer and has recently fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho following a poor performance in the player's last appearance – a 2-0 defeat away to Newcastle in October.

It is believed that Cole could leave Stamford Bridge in the new year to further his chances of making the England World Cup squad.

Roy Hodgson was concerned with the lack of match sharpness the Chelsea stalwart displayed in a recent friendly with Germany, and he now sees Everton's Leighton Baines as England's first choice left-back.

New York Red Bulls are also said to be interested in the player, and it is reported that Cole wouldn't mind ending his career in America.

If a deal were to be done, it would see the defender link up with ex-Arsenal front-man Thierry Henry.

The club are looking to sign Cole as one of their 'marquee' players ahead of the new season which begins in March.

It is not yet known whether he will feature in today's home clash with Southampton, although it seems likely Mourinho will stick with Cesar Azpilicueta who has impressed in the left-back role recently.

The Chelsea manager also has highly sought after youngster Ryan Bertrand at his disposal, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for Cole, who has been capped 106 times for England, to break into the side.

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