Lille manager Rudi Garcia says he would love to welcome Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole back to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, although admits any move for the 31-year-old will have to make financial sense for the French club.
Cole spent the entirety of last season on loan with Lille before rejoining Liverpool in the summer following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Kenny Dalglish's Anfield successor.
The former Chelsea star has, however, failed to make an impact under Rodgers and the Liverpool boss was openly critical of Cole following the Reds' defeat to Swansea in the Capital One Cup last week.
This had led to speculation that Cole's time as a Liverpool player will be up before it really began in earnest, and the England international would be welcomed back to Lille - finances permitting.
"Joe is not only a great person, but also a great footballer. But financially it was not possible to save him," Garcia said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"This can be prohibitive for the return of Joe to Lille. Sportingly and humanly, I'd love to see him back."
Cole has made only 36 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2010, owing both to injury and his loan spell with Lille.
The Liverpool No.10 is unlikely to see his role with the club increased following his performance against Swansea, and a January move away from Anfield could be the best outcome for all parties.