Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Joe Cole Joins Lille

Joe Cole has signed a season-long loan deal with French champions Lille. The Liverpool midfielder held talks with the Ligue One outfit yesterday and has now decided to accept their offer. There was also interest from Aston Villa but Cole was lured to Lille by the prospect of Champions League football. In a statement on their website Lille said: "With the arrival of England international Joe Cole, Lille has boosted both the quantity and quality of its squad. "The club is pleased and proud that this project has attracted a player of this magnitude." Cole hadn’t made Liverpool’s matchday squad so far this season and boss Kenny Dalglish had made it clear he would be allowed to leave. The capture of Cole on a free transfer from Chelsea was celebrated last July but he has been dogged by injuries and poor form. The 29-year-old has started just one league game under Dalglish and that was at Villa Park on the final day of last season. Summer signings Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing have left Cole surplus to requirements and Liverpool were keen to get him off the wage bill.

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