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Liverpool hope to nip in and sign Ashley Cole before the former Chelsea man pens a deal with Roma, reports have claimed.
Reports linking Cole with Roma surfaced earlier in the week and gained momentum over the weekend, but it has now been suggested that Liverpool could hijack the deal.
The 33-year-old left-back is a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the start of the month and reports in Italy claim Roma will be his next destination and he will sign a two-year deal with Rudi Garcia's side.
If the reports are to be believed, Cole is in talks with the capital club and if he agrees terms, will be unveiled as a Roma player on Monday.
However Liverpool still have time to gazump Roma and the chance to stay in the Premier League could appeal to Cole, who believes he still has a few years left in him at the highest level.
Former England defender Cole retired from international football this summer after being left out of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad. He made the last of his 107 caps against Denmark in March.