According to BBC Sport, Arsenal and Chelsea legend Ashley Cole could soon be linking up with former Blues teammate Frank Lampard at Derby County, with a deal expected to be completed in the coming days.
The veteran left-back is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy and will provide backup in defence after Lampard decided Max Lowe was not yet ready to make the step up to the first team.
Now at the ripe old age of 38, Cole was once regarded by many as one of, if not the best, full-backs in the world and has kept his playing career alive almost into his forties.
The Londoner has made a whopping 675 career appearances and has played in pretty much every competition under the sun, although, if he does indeed link up with the Rams, will be plying his trade in the Championship for the first time.
To demonstrate how crazy a week it has been for the Pride Park faithful, this is not even the most bizarre to thing to have happened to the East Midlands outfit in the last seven days – here’s how fans reacted to the Cole reports on Twitter…
Bringing in Ashley Cole is an absolute no brainier..just imagine his wealth of top level experience day in day out at the training ground..our young players would learn so much especially Jayden Bogle..#dcfc
— LondonRam (@RamAbrazil1970) January 17, 2019
— The Lewis’ (@R_JLewis11) January 17, 2019
— suliman (@suliman61902607) January 17, 2019
Big fan of Derby supporters begging for a signing, so Frank goes and signs 38-year-old pal Ashley Cole for the remainder of the season. That’s fantastic banter tbf.
— Jacob Hackett ? (@dcfc_hackett) January 17, 2019
Experience is a vital component for any team involved in a promotion race…
Ashley Cole is a player who’ll offer that in abundance along with still being able to provide when called upon.
Good signing from Frank Lampard and #dcfc imo even if Cole doesn’t feature regularly.
— Jack Hasler (@jackhasler23) January 17, 2019
Getting rid of Lowe and relying on Malone and what looks like the imminent arrival of Ashley Cole does not make sense to me, but in Frankie I trust.
— Cameron Storer (@Cam_Storer) January 17, 2019