Report: Coventry City's Joe Cole linked with NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies

The former Aston Villa, West Ham United and Chelsea midfielder is said to be considering a summer move to the US second tier side.

Coventry City midfielder Joe Cole could soon be playing his football in the US second tier, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

The 34-year-old playmaker is reportedly a target for the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies and is said to be considering making the move across the Atlantic when his current contract expires in the summer.

The report comes after the 56-times capped former England international was spotted at Burton’s St George’s Park on Monday evening when the Rowdies drew 1-1 with a Stoke City XI in the final match of their preseason tour of England, while he is also believed to have travelled to Florida last month to visit the club as a VIP guest.

Furthermore, Coventry manager Tony Mowbray has recently admitted that keeping Cole may be difficult if the team fail to secure promotion to the Championship this season given that the three-time World Cup veteran has some "appealing options abroad”.

“I’d have to say his options abroad are pretty appealing and I am sure a lot of people would fancy them,” Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph. “But as I have said to him, let’s focus on the last 15 matches and our games and then we can talk about it.

“If we don’t make it I am pretty sure what his decision will be but if we do make it then there’s a conversation to have and decision to be made.”

Cole originally joined Coventry from Aston Villa in mid-October on a 35-day loan deal which was later made permanent and has since featured 15 times for the League One club, recording one goal and five assists.

Beforehand, the former Chelsea star spent 18 months at Villa after joining them on a free transfer in June 2014 following his release from West Ham United, but he was limited to just 16 total appearances for the Premier League strugglers due to injuries.

Nonetheless, he did show some flashes of his old self on the rare occasions he was able to get on the pitch and would be one of the biggest names in the NASL if a move to the Rowdies does indeed materialise.

The Florida outfit already have former American wonderkid Freddy Adu on their books and signed Scottish centre-back Neil Collins from Sheffield United last week, leaving them with one international roster spot open ahead of the start of the 2016 Spring season next month.

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