Coventry City agree emergency loan deal with Aston Villa for Joe Cole

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Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is poised to switch the Premier League for League One in a shock emergency loan.

Coventry City has agreed a deal to bring Cole to the Ricoh Arena.

After a brief return to childhood team West Ham United in 2013, the 33-year-old playmaker joined Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa only a season later. However, the Englishman’s tenure at Villa Park soon turned patchy as first team opportunities swiftly declined.


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November saw Cole find the net on his inaugural league start for the Villans, diverting in a near post finish during a 1-1 tie. Yet by May, the three times Premier League winner was confined to the bench as Villa were thumped 4-0 under Wembley’s arch by a merciless Arsenal outfit.

With not a single league appearance under Tim Sherwood this campaign, Coventry City eyed up the opportunity to seal Cole’s employment. The loan move will see his services confirmed for the next month.

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Great signing

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray told the BBC: "I’m sure he’ll have a fantastic impact." After all, Cole is capped 44 times for England so will offer crucial experience in League One.

Coventry currently sits fifth placed in the league and duel third bottom Blackpool this weekend, before lining up against Rochdale on Tuesday. The latter fixture is set to prove Cole’s debut for the club and will be sure to ignite the excitement of the team’s partisan supporters.

So with Joe Cole on the verge of making his move official, Coventry have gained a valuable asset for their midfield arsenal in their fight to claim promotion back to the Championship for the first time since 2012.

Whereas for the player himself, it is likely to be the nail in the coffin for his Premier League career, only five years since representing his nation at the World Cup and lifting the Premier League trophy in a Chelsea shirt.

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