The experienced left-back has been linked with a move to Villa Park.
Reaction, it's safe to say, has been mixed.
Indeed, it seems every possible point of view has been expressed. Some think signing the experienced left-back would be a no-brainer. Others feel another Cole (similar to Joe) would be a no-brainer to decline.
It all depends on what those at Aston Villa, hopefully including manager Remi Garde, think of the matter. Jordan Amavi's injury has left Villa short at the back but they could recall Aly Cissokho from his loan spell at Porto.
Would that be the preferable option over signing Cole, were he available, though? The 34-year-old has experience of Premier League football and was England's best in his day.
Right now, however, Cole can't get into the Roma side and may struggle to produce the standard of physicality required in the Premier League.
It's no surprise, then, that opinion among the Aston Villa faithful has been mixed on Twitter after reports circulated they could be interested in the full-back. Here's a selection of what fans have been saying on social media... what do you think of the suggested interest?
Haven't we tried the Cole thing already and look how that turned out. On loan at Coventry and struggling to get a game there #avfc— Kevin Joynes (@kevinjoynes) December 6, 2015
#avfc Ashley Cole linked to villa ? The guy past it can't even make it into first team at AS Roma !!— Scott (@scottavfc9) December 6, 2015
I would happily take Ashley Cole and loic remy in January but... We are still going down #avfc— shaun willans (@swillans1980) December 6, 2015
Just on Ashley Cole moving to #avfc. Been a winner all his career. Do you honestly think he'd want a potential relegation on his CV?— Dips Parmar (@Dips_avfc) December 6, 2015
Wonder if the Villa faithful would rather a move for Cole, or a recall for Cissokho? #avfc— Andy_avfc (@Andy__avfc) December 6, 2015