Italian press claim Aston Villa have proposed contract to left back Ashley Cole

Further reports are suggesting Aston Villa have moved ahead with their interest in Ashley Cole.

According to a report from Tutto Mercato Web, Aston Villa have proposed an interesting contract to English left back Ashley Cole.

The 34-year-old is in limbo with Roma having not played for the Italian giants since March, and a January exit is on the cards for the ex-Chelsea star.

Cole, who racked up 107 caps for England, will no doubt be targeted for a return to England, and one particular club stand out as a potential destination.

Aston Villa recently lost their first-choice left back Jordan Amavi for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and manager Remi Garde needs some Premier League experience in his squad to help Villa fight against relegation.

Now, Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web report that Cole is the subject of major interest from Villa, with a contract proposal on the table.

The report states that Cole will be offered a six-month deal from January to the end of the season, with an automatic renewal clause which would extend his deal by an extra year if Villa manage to defy the odds and beat the drop this season.

It's a fascinating deal for Villa, given that they wouldn't be tied to anything long-term with the veteran left back, and adding his knowledge of the Premier League in an inexperienced Villa side could be invaluable for the second half of the campaign.

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