Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has given his seal of approval to any potential move by the club for Southampton and England under-21 left-back Luke Shaw.
The comments were made on Twitter after a supporter taunted him with the question: "How does it feel that Chelsea want to buy Luke Shaw to play over you?"
Somewhat unexpectedly, Cole replied: "Hope to see him there to be honest."
However, as reported by the Guardian, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his defender will not be sold in January despite ongoing interest.
Shaw's reputation has soared over the past 12 months. He has established himself as Southampton's first-choice left-back and the expected long-term successor to Cole and Leighton Baines in the England international squad.
While everything may be going well for the young star, Cole is having a nightmare season. His England place is in the balance as Baines continues to impress, while he has been left on the bench for many recent Chelsea fixtures with right-back Cesar Azpilicueta preferred.
For as long as he is not selected by coach Jose Mourinho, Cole's prospects of withstanding Baines' challenge for a World Cup starting berth diminish. Meanwhile, rumours such as the signing of Shaw will continue.
The young Englishman is believed to be a Chelsea supporter.
As revealed by the Mirror's Matt Law, Shaw was not offered a place at the club's academy as an eight-year-old, despite playing at one of the Blues' soccer schools.
Should Chelsea attempt to sign Luke Shaw?
Instead, it is at Southampton that Shaw has honed his footballing skills. As such, Chelsea will be forced to part with a considerable amount of money to secure his signature.
Besides Chelsea, per the Daily Star's Adrian Kajumba, Manchester United have also been heavily linked with an attempt for the youngster's services.
English talent is incredibly valuable since the introduction of quotas upon both Premier League and Champions League squads. As a result, talents like Shaw are much sought after.
With Cole now 33, Chelsea are well aware of the need to sign a long-term first-team option at left-back and will understandably be interested in an English talent of Shaw's potential.
What Cole thinks privately of the prospect of being replaced is another matter. For the moment, the former England man is putting a brave face on his plight at Stamford Bridge.