England international Joe Cole said he was looking forward to boosting

Lille’s fortunes this season after signing a one-year loan deal with the

French champions on Wednesday.

Liverpool player Cole, 29, had

travelled to France Tuesday to undergo a medical and, despite a late bid

by Aston Villa, he opted to join the Ligue 1 club.

“Lille, Liverpool and Joe Cole have agreed on the terms of a one-year loan deal,” Lille said in a statement.

It was later confirmed that no purchase option was included in the contract.


who began his top flight career with West Ham before going on to play

for Chelsea then Liverpool, has won three Premier League titles with


He has also scored 10 goals for England in 56 appearances.


future at Liverpool, however, had been hanging in the balance since

last season. This campaign Cole has not featured in the squad for any of

Liverpool’s four competitive matches so far.

Lille were looking

to reinforce their attack as they embark on the Champions League this

season and regard Cole’s “experience and breathtaking honours list” as a

boost to their campaign.

And despite a late bid from Aston Villa

on the final day of summer transfers, Cole said he opted for Lille due

to their Champions League status this season.

“I know they play

good football and it’s a good family club,” said Cole, who will become

one of only a handful of English players to have plied their trade

across the Channel.

“I always wanted to go to play abroad. I love

football, I love watching it, I love talking about it. This is a great

experience and a challenge to play for a team who wants to progress.


seems a very positive place. It looks to me that the club is going in

the right direction and I’m excited about coming here and helping this

club to win some trophies.”