Ashley Cole confirms Birmingham City are an option for him

Ashley Cole
Image: Ashley Cole has six months remaining on his LA Galaxy contract

Ashley Cole has confirmed he would consider a return to English football with Birmingham City.

Sky Sports News reported Cole was open to the possibility of joining the Sky Bet Championship side last month, with the former Chelsea left-back interested in following Robbie Keane to St Andrew's - after Harry Redknapp revealed his admiration for the pair.

Ashley Cole and Robbie Keane
Image: Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted his interest in both Cole and Robbie Keane (right)

Since then neither player has had more talks with Birmingham, according to Sky sources, with Keane now close to agreeing a deal to play under Teddy Sheringham at Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata.

Cole has now confirmed he is considering the Blues as his next destination, with his contract at current side LA Galaxy nearing an end.

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Asked if Birmingham's interest in him was something he was considering, Cole told LA reporters: "Yeah, I'm just waiting to see, keep my options open.

"It's six months left here, so it's something I'm thinking about yeah."

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Cole is one of Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp's top transfer targets, but are LA Galaxy ready to let him go?

Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo last month denied any knowledge of any offers for Cole, who earns less than £300,000 a year at the US club, and insisted he wants the ex-England international to remain stateside.

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