Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a season-long loan deal.
The 29-year-old travelled to France yesterday to undergo a medical and, despite a late bid by Aston Villa, the player has opted to join the Ligue 1 club.
"Liverpool announced today it had finalised a deal with Lille OSC for the loan transfer of Joe Cole," said a club statement. "The 29-year-old will now join the French champions for the remainder of the current campaign."
The England midfielder has failed to impress at Anfield having moved on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer.
With the arrival of England
international Joe Cole
, LOSC has clearly added to its squad both in quantity and quality.
Cole has not featured in the squad for any of Liverpool's four competitive matches so far and opted for a move to France after being attracted by the French club's UEFA Champions League status this season.
"As we approach the closing of the summer transfer window, the LOSC, Liverpool and Joe Cole have reached agreement for the loan of the England player," said a statement on Lille's website.
"Cole has committed to the team for the rest of the season. With the arrival of England international Joe Cole, LOSC has clearly added to its squad both in quantity and quality.
"The club is pleased and proud that the challenges facing us and our project has attracted a player of this magnitude."