Lille ready to offer Cole an escape route from his Liverpool misery
22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012
Lille could be ready to offer Joe Cole an escape from his Anfield misery.
Since returning from a loan spell at Lille, Cole, 31 on Thursday, has only started two games for Brendan Rodgers — in the Europa League and Capital One Cup. He has been limited to 32 minutes in the Barclays Premier League and seems set to move in January.
Lille coach Rudi Garcia remains a fan, and is giving serious thought to taking Cole back. Cole was a big success at Lille and, with Eden Hazard, helped the Ligue 1 side qualify for the Champions League.
On the move Joe Cole could be heading back to France if Lille launch a move to sign him
'Joe is not only a great person, but also a great footballer. But financially it was not possible to save him,' Garcia said.
'This can be prohibitive for the return of Joe to Lille. Sportingly and humanly, I'd love to see him back.'
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Newcastle’s former Lille player Yohan Cabaye said: ‘It worked well for him at Lille. I’ve heard that Rudi Garcia would be interested to have him back.’
Cole and Liverpool head to Moscow on Wednesday for their Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will stay behind to rest for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.