Joe Cole joins Lille on loan

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Liverpool have agreed to loan out midfielder Joe Cole to French side Lille for the season.

The former England international signed for the Reds last summer on a free transfer from Chelsea, but injuries and fitness issues prevented him from staking a claim on a first team place under both Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.

29-year-old Cole agreed personal terms with Lille this afternoon, despite late interest from Aston Villa.

“It looks to me that the club is going in the right direction and I’m excited about coming here and helping them win some trophies,” said Cole.

“I always wanted to go to play abroad. I love football, I love watching it, I love talking about it. This is a great experience and a challenge to play for a team who wants to progress. This seems a very positive place.”

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