Harry Redknapp has made a sensational move to bring Ashley Cole to Birmingham.
Cole, 36, is the big-name player at LA Galaxy but has the rest of the year on his contract at the MLS club.
And Redknapp wants him at St Andrew’s to get Birmingham firing in the Championship next season after escaping relegation.
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The ex-Tottenham boss wants Cole’s experience and his winning mentality from winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
He has been impressed with Cole’s season in America where he has impressed in his second season.
But Galaxy are prepared to offer him a new deal to keep him at the club to finish his career.
They are willing to offer him fresh terms to ensure he resists a return to his country, where he started off at Arsenal before moving to Chelsea.
Redknapp wanted to bring John Terry to St Andrew’s.
But Cole’s former team-mate snubbed him in favour of a move to Aston Villa.
Redknapp then said that he may be able to sign up to six players with the money he saved on Terry’s wages.
Blues have already signed keeper David Stockdale and midfielders Craig Gardner, Marc Roberts and Cheikh N’Doye.