Date: 21st December 2018 at 12:50pm
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Aston Villa were linked with Ashley Cole after the former England international was released by LA Galaxy in November, but it doesn’t appear that Dean Smith is looking to bring him to Villa Park despite having a fervent need to sign a left-back in the January transfer window.

The 37-year-old was on an affordable contract worth £5k-per-week and boasts a wealth of experience after making 225 appearances for Arsenal (1999-2006), 338 for Chelsea (2006-2014), 16 for AS Roma (2014-2016) and 94 for LA Galaxy (2016-2018). Villa may be turning their attentions elsewhere, however, as there’s been no report since last month.

Neil Taylor is the only natural left-back available to Smith, with Alan Hutton used in a makeshift role if the Welsh international is unavailable. Steve Bruce sold Jordan Amavi to Olympique Marseille over the summer and failed to bring in a replacement.

James Bree can double up as a left-back, but Villa need a player whose preferred role is on the left-hand side of the defence. In addition to Cole, the Midlands club have been linked with Brentford’s Rico Henry, although there’s been no progress made from the initial rumours.

Regardless, Cole doesn’t appear to be on the Villa radar.

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