Aston Villa are hoping to gazump Lille’s project loan move for Joe Cole.
Skysports.com are reporting that the Liverpool schemer is the subject of interest from the Birmingham club who are hoping to steal in ahead of the Ligue 1 champions and sign the player. Lille have been in talks with the Merseysiders for the last 24 hours as they try to strike a deal for a season-lon loan with the player having travelled to northern France this morning.
One stumbling block appears to be his £85,00 a week wages as well as Liverpool’s demands for first option on star player Eden Hazard to be include in the deal. The delay has allowed Villa boss Alex McLeish to intercede and state his intenat as he bids to make late additions to his squad.
It is understood that Cole would prefer to stay in England with reports claiming that he would commute to Lille from London rather than move across the channel though it remains to be seen whether Liverpool would allow him to join a Premier League rival.