England international Joe Cole has signed a one-year loan deal with French champions Lille, the club announced Wednesday.
Liverpool player Cole, 29, had travelled to France Tuesday to undergo a medical and, despite a late bid by Aston Villa, he opted to join the Ligue 1 club.
“Lille, Liverpool and Joe Cole have agreed on the terms of a one-year loan deal,” Lille said in a statement.
Lille were looking to reinforce their attack as they embark on the Champions League this season and regard Cole’s “experience and breathtaking honours list” as a boost to their campaign.
Cole, who began his top flight career with West Ham before going on to play for Chelsea then Liverpool, has won three Premier League titles with Chelsea.
He has also scored 10 goals for England in 56 appearances.
“I know they play good football and it’s a good family club,” said Cole, who will become one of only a handful of English players to have plied their trade across the Channel.
“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. It looks to me that the club is going in the right direction and I’m excited about coming here and helping this club to win some trophies.”