Liverpool playmaker opens permanent exit door

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has again reiterated a desire to join Lille permanently.

The ex-England international moved to France on loan in the summer, and recently scored his first goal for the Ligue 1 club in a 1-1 draw against Lorient.

29-year-old Cole is hoping to force his way back into international reckoning with a solid spell in Europe, and would be willing to make a full-time move if it were to lead to more first team football.

"I could join Lille permanently. If they are happy with me, and vice versa, I don't see why not,” he said.

"Lille have quality players and there's an unbeatable mood in the dressing room. I benefit from it every day and I am enjoying myself. There is a superb team spirit at the club. I love playing here."

Liverpool brought the player to Anfield on a free transfer in the summer of 2010, but his time with the Reds wasn't as successful as many had predicted under Roy Hodgson and then Kenny Dalglish.


'King Kenny' invested heavily in midfielders this summer, notably bringing Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson to the club whilst leaving Cole seemingly in the cold on Merseyside.

His high wages meant a permanent exit proved unlikely, but a short-term move to Les Dogues has proved fruitful thus far, and manager Rudi Garcia may consider trying to sign the Liverpool player permanently when the current deal expires.

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