Former England international Joe Cole has signed a two-year deal with Aston Villa, reports the Guardian.

The midfielder has joined the club on a free transfer after being released by former club West Ham at the end of last season.

Speaking out on the move Cole has said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have a really good career but there’s still a lot more I want to achieve.”

The ex-Liverpool player suffered with both knee and groin injuries whilst at the Hammers which prevented him playing to the best of his ability. Villa boss Paul Lambert is attempting to build up a stronger team after his side have been plagued with threats of relegation the past two seasons.

Cole who has 56 caps for England and previously played for Liverpool, Chelsea and Lille will be a promising buy for Villa. This signing comes soon after ex-Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos joined the club last week, who is Villa’s second summer signing.

Following the deal the 32-year-old is set to undergo a medical at Villa this evening.

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