Ashley Cole looks set to leave Chelsea this summer, with the player having revealed via his Twitter account earlier this week that he and his agent were looking over other options for next season.
Many clubs are now believed to be chasing his services, Tottenham Hotspur supposedly among them. Spurs need Cole to strengthen a leaking defence.
Unless a new deal can be agreed soon, Cole will be released by Chelsea after eight years at the club.
Spurs conceded over 50 goals last season and need a new left-back. Danny Rose is the only first team left-back at the club, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on loan to QPR and presumably set for a summer exit. The left-back slot has been a problem for Tottenham for a number of years.
Cole is still one of the best left-backs in the world and was an England regular until his recent retirement. Current first-choice Rose is only 23 and has not faced competition for his spot.
Cole would bring not only competition for Rose but is also a player with a wealth of experience to learn from.
Cole has won nearly everything in his career. He has won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, one League cup and has won the Europa League and Champions League during his illustrious career, which has been spent at both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Spurs appear to face stiff competition for Cole with the likes of Liverpool, Monaco, PSG and teams from the MLS all interested.
Spurs may have an advantage on their rivals, if Cole wants to stay in London rather than move abroad. On a free transfer, Spurs should be able to put a package together to tempt the former England international.
Cole is one of the best defenders of this generation, with a wealth of experience and a winning mentality - all attributes which are needed in the current Spurs team.
Signing Cole on a free would be a real coup for Tottenham and would also allow more money to spent in other important areas of the squad.
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