St James’ Park side want Anfield man.
Newcastle United are interested in signing Joe Cole in the summer but face a battle with his current club Lille.
Cole is currently on loan at the French Champions who are rumoured to be interested in making his loan move from Liverpool permanent in the summer due to his impressive performances and great relationship with the Lille fans, thought reports in the North East of England are suggesting that Manager Alan Pardew wants to bring Cole back to Premier League in the summer.
Cole had not settled since his move from Chelsea to Liverpool and seized the opportunity to play in France and has repeatedly said that he is very happy in France and enjoying the challenge however his recent comments about his desire to force his way back into the England fold has thrown a permanent switch to France in doubt as Fabio Capello has always insisted that the England players need to be based in the country.
Joe Cole has been in fine form since his move to Ligue 1 champions Lille and has helped resurrect a career that was starting to stagnate after a poor first season on Merseyside. The former Chelsea man didn’t impress under Roy Hodgson and didn’t get a chance when Kenny Dalglish took over and it was a fairly brave decision to step out of the 30 year old’s comfort zone and make the move to the Stade Metropole.
The England international has scored three times and assisted and another three goals during his first 13 games in France and Cole may well harbour hopes of a recall to the national team and perhaps a move to Newcastle United would help in that regard.
However a permanent move to Lille could offer Joe Cole a regular spot in the Champions League although there are fears that Rudi Garcia may lose his star performers Eden Hazard and Moussa Sow in the summer.
Alan Pardew is keen to add more creativity to his midfield and even though his side has started the season wonderfully the Magpies boss may feel he can get Cole for a bargain price as Liverpool are reportedly keen to remove the big earner from their wage bill.
Newcastle United posses creative talents like Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohann Cabaye but Cole could add another link between midfield and attack but owner Mike Ashley may not be keen on footing his big wage demands.
The chances of a return to Liverpool are slim to none. If Dalglish didn’t feel the Londoner was good enough to grace the first team last term then the addition of the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam will have made that doubly true now.