Anfield midfielder is a wanted man.
Joe Cole’s Liverpool nightmare could end with a return to France if the price is right says Lille coach Rudi Garcia
Lille coach Rudi Garcia would consider taking out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole back but would be unable to match his current wages at Anfield.
The former England international was a big success at Lille last season and, along with Eden Hazard, helped the side qualify for the Champions League.
“Joe is not only a great person, but also a great footballer. But financially it was not possible to keep him,” Garcia said.
“The return of Joe to Lille would therefore be prohibitive. But sportingly and humanly, I’d love to see him back.”
So it seems simple really. If Joe Cole wants to secure a move to a side with Champions League pretensions, a side that can offer him regular first team football and a chance to reignite his stagnating career, he just needs to take a pay-cut.
The 30 year old clearly has little or no future at Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t demand a king’s ransom for the former West Ham and Chelsea man, indeed they would probably only ask for a fee of around £3m as the benefit of seeing the player’s salary wiped off the balance sheet is probably an issue the Anfield side would love to resolve.
Cole enjoyed a season long loan spell at the Stade Metropole side last term, making 42 appearances in all competitions and helping Rudi Garcia’s side to secure a Champions League berth. The departure of Eden Hazard would give the England man even more room to grow.
Joe Cole has played just 32 minutes of Premier League football this season and it doesn’t look likely he will play all that more often after his shocking display against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup defeat last month.
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