Kop flops Cole and Aquilani heading back to Anfield as transfers hit snags
07:43 GMT, 25 April 2012
Liverpool's forgotten men Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani are set to rejoin Kenny Dalglish's squad this summer when their respective loan deals at Lille and AC Milan expire.
Dalglish took the decision to farm out the midfield duo last summer, but neither Lille nor Milan are willing to pay the money required to secure the permanent services of the pair.
Not wanted: Dalglish sent Cole (right) out on loan to Lille
Cole's 90,000-a-week wages are the stumbling block for the Lille, with president Michel Seydoux this week admitting that the club could only afford the former England international if they were to win the Ligue 1 title for the second year in a row – but they currently lie in third place.
'It’s rare that an England international comes to France and that he then publicly declares he wants to stay,' said Seydoux of the 30-year-old.
'We will see. I haven’t found a machine yet that lets you make beautiful bank notes by pedalling.
'It’s true that the league table will have a bearing on Lille’s recruitment.'
Frozen out: Milan want to make sure that Aquilani (right) does not make 25 starts
Aquilani, 27, cost the Reds 20million back in 2009, but is on loan in Italy for a second successive season, having spent last year at Juventus.
Were the Italian international to make 25 starts for Milan this season then a 7m transfer fee would be automatically triggered, but the Rossoneri are keen to see that the former Roma man does not reach that mark.
Aquilani has started just 17 times this season and only once in the last eight games. He started just 14 games for Liverpool in his only season in the first-team back in 2009-10.
Milan are believed to be interested in signing Italian international midfielder Riccardo Montolivo from Fiorentina, who would be a cheaper option than Aquilani, who earns just south of 100,000-a-week.