Cheryl Cole's ex-husband Ashley has purchased a £2 million home in the US.

The Chelsea soccer player - who split with the singer in 2010 following claims he had cheated on her with a string of women - is desperate to get back with the 28-year-old pop star and has bought a house in Los Angeles where he hopes the pair can "make a new start".

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Ashley's over the moon that the offer has gone through.

"He sees it as a chance to make a new start with Cheryl in a new country, where they can be together and away from daily reminders of his shady past behaviour in the UK."

Some of his neighbours will include Mel Gibson and Demi Moore in the house, which is in a gated community approximately 30 minutes from Santa Monica.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old sportsman has flown back to London from New York in time for Cheryl's 28th birthday party at an unknown London hotel tonight (01.07.11), but she has snubbed him in favour of a meeting with her manager, Black Eyed Peas star, who is in the British capital to perform at the Wireless music festival in Hyde Park.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "It's a big gesture from Ashley to fly back around the time of Cheryl's birthday.

"He'll be keen to meet up but Cheryl has plans. She's got business to attend to with"