It sounds like congratulations are in order this afternoon following the news that footballer, Ashley Cole, is set to become a dad for the first time!

The sport star, who was once married to X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez Versini, is currently in a relationship with Italian model, Sharon Canu, and is said to be overjoyed at the prospect of welcoming a child into the life they share together.

34-year-old Ashley, whose high-profile marriage to Cheryl ended in divorce in September 2010, met Sharon while playing for Italian club, AS Roma, earlier this year and it seems the couple's relationship has been met with high praise from friends and loved ones.

Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, a source close to the couple heaped praise upon the Italian star, saying: "Sharon's sweet and from a normal Italian family. His [Ashley] friends and family love her."

Echoing the insider's sentiments, Sharon's grandfather also paid tribute to the couple, telling the Sun on Sunday: "Ashley is very happy. He's a good guy - and my granddaughter is a beauty."

The footballer, who made his first team debut with Arsenal in 1999, is reportedly ecstatic and, according to sources, is eagerly anticipating his firstborn's arrival in March of next year.

Speaking to the press, an insider revealed: "Ashley's over the moon, too. He couldn't wait to find out the baby's sex and he's chuffed that it's a boy."

We're wishing the couple all the very best with their journey!




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