Cole: I'm expecting Liverpool call

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Liverpool loanee Joe Cole has hinted he is ready to take a large pay cut to seal a permanent move to Lille, according to the Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old midfielder has spent the 2011-12 campaign on loan with the reigning Ligue 1 champions, in a season of reinvention across the channel.

With four goals in 27 appearances this term, Cole has helped Lille to third place in the table, six points ahead of Lyon in the race for Champions League qualification.

The former England international's chances of remaining in France will largely depend on whether or not the club finish in the top three, and secure a return to Europe's elite competition next season.

"I would like to stay here, but it's still too early to say," said Cole. "Let's see how Lyon finish the season.

"I am happy here, my family too. I was well received and I love this team. But it's not me who decides. We need to see what the board decides.

"The financial issue is important, but money is not the priority for me. I enjoy being on the pitch and that's the main thing. I've not spoken to anyone at Liverpool. I'm expecting a call for them."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is expected to be busy again in the summer transfer market, as he looks to further strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign.

Whether Cole is included in his plans for 2012-13 and is poised for a return to Anfield, only time will tell.

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