Reports have emerged that link former Chelsea star Ashley Cole with a shock return to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace are amongst the favourite clubs to lure Cole back to England following his transfer to Roma. The Eagles are reported to be keen on bringing the left-back to Selhurst Park in a loan deal next month when the January transfer window opens.
Palace manager Neil Warnock has identified a new left back as a major priority along with a prolific goalscorer. The Daily Mail have revealed that Palace tried to land the former England international ahead of the start of the season, prior to Tony Pulis’ unexpected departure.
Cole’s position at Roma has been thrown into doubt after being dropped from the starting line-up for the last five matches. He has been rumoured to be unsettled at the club from the very beginning when he was photographed in a team photo appearing to be obviously detached from the rest of the players.
One major hurdle in a move to Crystal Palace could be the Englishman's wage demands. Cole earns up to £80,000-per-week in Italy, whilst the Eagle's wage ceiling is reported to be closer to £40,000-per-week.
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Unknown to many as a youngster at Arsenal in 2000, Cole was sent out on loan to the Eagles where he made 14 appearances for the club.