Ashley Cole to thrash out personal terms with Derby next week with Lampard not worried about 38-year-old's age

The ex-England left-back, 38, has been targeted by Frank Lampard and will move as a free agent to be part of a Championship promotion bid.

The Derby boss insists he has no problem with Cole’s age after winning trophies with the left-back at Chelsea.

Lampard said: “In my opinion he’s the greatest left-back in his generation, up there in world football.

“I’ve seen him deal with the best players in the big tournaments, of course his age is the obvious thing.

"But I know as a player when it comes to a question on age if comes down to character and attitude and Ash has always had that.

"So the age is not a problem for me.

“I speak to Ash all the time. We’re good friends. He’s a great professional and a great lad.

"I know he is very fit, fresh and wants to continue to play so he comes into my thoughts because I know the influence he would have.

“They are easy things to weigh up but it has to be right for all parties.”

Cole could come in on a short-term deal until the end of the season to see how well he settles in to life with the Rams.

Lampard believes his youthful side could do with more experience to help them over the run-in to the season as they try to push into the play-offs.

Automatic promotion looks to be out of reach at present with the side currently seven points adrift of second place Sheffield United.

But if Derby can string a consistent run of results together they could yet mount a late push for the top two, with the fall-back of a play-off spot if that fails.

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