Joe Cole could find himself back at Liverpool at the end of the season after Lille chairman Michel Seydoux revealed his wages will be a major issue in agreeing a permanent deal at the club.
Cole has thrived since agreeing a loan deal to play for the Ligue 1 club over the summer, having failed to secure a first team spot for Liverpool after joining the Anfield club at the start of the 2010/11 season.
Earlier this week the former Chelsea midfielder revealed that he would like to stay in France rather than return to Merseyside, however Seydoux admitted that may not be possible because of his high wage demands.
“It’s rare that an English player comes to France and says he wants to continue,” he told Radio Monte Carlo. “A discussion was held today. I do not make money. You must be reasonable.”
Cole is believed to be on around £90,000-per-week currently, a salary that is heavily subsidised by his parent club and well out of the reach of Lille, who could offer only a fraction of that figure.
Paris Saint-Germain, the only Ligue 1 side who can offer Cole a similar salary, have previously expressed an interest in signing the 30-year-old and may be alerted to his availability should talks with Lille break down.
A factor that could be important in deciding Cole’s future is where Lille finish in the league this season, with qualification for the Champions League offering the club more financial freedom to make their decision over whether to offer the England midfielder a deal.
“The final ranking (in Ligue 1) will be important in the transfer window," Seydoux explained. “We’ll see when we will do the main choices.”