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Cole to join Liverpool?


Liverpool are negotiating terms with Joe Cole over a potential free transfer move from champions Chelsea. The league hlders signed Liverpool playmaker Yossi Benayoun last month and hope to replace him with the summer’s most prized free transfer. Cole, who has previously played for West Ham and Chelsea, is now 28 and has struggled with injuries for much of the past two seasons. However he was still a member of the England squad at this year’s World Cup Finals where he was a figure of controversy after players including John Terry went public claiming he should be given more game time.

Liverpool, who have yet to make a signing under new boss Roy Hodgson, would see Cole as an ideal replacement for Benayoun and with little or no money available for transfers, he would appear to be an ideal signing. Cole had been expected to stay in London, possibly with Tottenham while Arsenal were also linked along with the inevitable inclusion of Manchester City. With the new rules on home-grown players coming into effect this year, Cole would also be a first team player who would add to the likes of Gerrard, Johnson and Carragher as home-grown.

A move to Merseyside would see Cole pick up £90,000 per week, less than he could make at Man City or Spurs. However the lure of playing with the likes of Torres and his England captain Gerrard, along with the promise of first team football, may see Cole head north this week.

Speaking about a potential move for Cole, Liverpool boss Hodgson said: “As far as I know, Joe Cole is still a player looking for a club.

“I know we’ve been connected with him, and it’s good to know we’re connected with players of that quality, but I don’t have anything to report on the subject.

“I haven’t had any discussions with him, but I had a brief chat a while back.”

Cole to join Liverpool?

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