Liverpool are ready to make a last minute move for ex-Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole, according to The Daily Mail.
The report has indicated that the former England international is currently in talks with Italian giants Roma over a switch to the Serie A, despite late interest from the Merseyside outfit.
It appears that the Liverpool boss wants to bring the veteran to Anfield ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, and could attempt to stop him from departing the Premier League. Cole ran out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, so would be available on a free transfer this summer.
He's enjoyed a fine career in the Premier League, having succeeded at both Arsenal and Chelsea. It's no surprise, then, that Rodgers wants to bring him to Anfield, as he seeks further improvement to his squad.
The Reds struggled in defence last term despite their successful season, which saw them secure a place in this year's Champions League competition. And it appears that Liverpool see Cole as the man to help sure up their back-line as they embark upon another Premier League title challenge.
It remains to be seen as to whether Liverpool can persuade Cole to turn down a move to Italy, but they must make their move sooner rather than later.
It's no surprise that Cole isn't short of admirers after his Stamford Bridge exit, but his next move could prove a crucial one. The next club he joins may well be his last as he embarks upon the final stages of his career.
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