Remi Garde says by January, Aston Villa will be looking to sign Ashley Cole.
Ashley Cole is yet to feature for Roma this season, with Rudi Garcia putting him on ice.
And Garde has decided to offer the defender an exit plan, with Villa sitting bottom of the table.
“Every good player is interesting for me and Ashley is a good player,” Garde said. “He is someone who has experience but he didn’t play for a while now.
“Experience is also something we need. I will speak soon with the club and I’m already working on the January window. We know what we want to do.
“I feel we will need to improve the team to get more chances [to stay up]. For the moment, we have other games to play and to try to win, I am only focused completely on that.”
Cole has plenty of Premier League experience, having made almost a combined 400 appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Garde added: “We are seven points away from the safe zone and it’s many points, but so were Leicester [City] last season. If they can do it, then why can’t we?”