Did Newcastle Make Late Move For This England International?

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy are reporting that 34 year-old Ashley Cole turned down a potential move to Newcastle United yesterday on deadline day – but that seems to be a strange move if the report has any truth to it.

For one thing Sadio Haidara has been playing well at left back, although Newcastle are certainly short of full-backs with only three recognized specialist full-backs in the squad – Daryl Janmaat, Sadio and Paul Dummett, who is just returning from a hamstring strain.

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Ashley Cole – two year deal at Roma

The 107 times capped England International turns 35 in December, so we are not sure why Steve McClaren would have been interested in signing him, other than he has vast experience, and maybe could help the younger players come through.

Cole signed a two year deal at Roma in July of last year as a free agent, but has struggled to pin down a first team place in Rome, and has made only 16 appearances for the Rome club.

It seems strange that Newcastle would go after Cole – if the report is true.

Steve McClaren will know all about Cole, having managed him as part of his tenure as England manager for 16 months from May of 2006.

We would be very surprised if McClaren actually wanted Cole at Newcastle, and the left-back could still leave Roma in January, but we wouldn’t think Newcastle is a club he would want to join.

Ashley would probably want a move to a London club, where he played all his football with Arsenal and then Chelsea, before moving to Rome.

He was born in Stepney.

What do you think?

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