Lille have rejected suggestions that Liverpool will have first option on signing Eden Hazard after loaning Joe Cole to the French champions according to skysports.com.
The 20-year-old Belgian winger commanded plenty of interest from a number of clubs across Europe in this summer's transfer window, and is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in France.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish had been heavily linked with a move for Hazard, but after moving to bring the likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing to Anfield, as well as the deadline day capture of another winger Craig Bellamy, a deal this year looked increasingly unlikely.
However, after it was confirmed yesterday that Joe Cole would be leaving Merseyside for Lille on a season-long loan, it was reported that there had been an agreement reached between Liverpool and the Ligue 1 outfit that the Reds would be given first refusal on Hazard next summer.
But Lille general manager Frederic Paquet has dismissed claims that there is any link between the Cole deal and any future transfer of Hazard to Liverpool.
"There is absolutely nothing in that," he told The Independent. "There is no link between Joe Cole, and Eden. There has been no discussion.
"We know Eden Hazard is interesting some of the best clubs in Europe, but he is here and part of the project."