Liverpool will make a last-ditch attempt to persuade Ashley Cole to join them.

But Cole, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, is poised to leave the Premier League and move to Serie A.

Roma hope to rubber stamp a deal with the ex-England left-back next week.
There could be a new wave of Costa Rican players on their way to the Premier League after their great showing at the World Cup and the involvement of English agency Sillsport.

Arsenal are taking Joel Campbell back from his loan spell in Greece, although the Gunners could farm him out again and other Costa Ricans have attracted the eye of English scouts.

Three years ago Sillsport set up a fund to invest in several South and Central American clubs to help develop young players in return for an eventual return on their transfer fees.