Liverpool outcast Joe Cole may be able to inadvertently help Arsenal secure a much needed new midfielder by sparking a transfer merry-go-round. Arsenal are keen to add a creative player to their squad after the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Joe Cole has seen his career stall after falling out of favour at Chelsea and moving to Liverpool. Now the Metro is saying that he may be heading to France’s League 1. They report: “Reds reject Cole is headed to Lille to undergo a medical after Liverpool agreed to cut him loose, and speculation is mounting the skilful 29-year-old may be being brought in to cover Hazard’s departure.”
If the moves goes ahead it may open the door for Arsenal to recruit 20-year-old Belgian international Eden Hazard. Arsenal have been following the young star for some time but a transfer looked doubtful after Arsenal poached Chu-Young Park from under their noses as he was about to join them from AS Monaco.
Lille might be more inclined to sell Hazard if they bring in Joe Cole and this would mean that Arsenal will only need to sign another midfielder to significantly improve their squad, assuming the transfers of Mertesacker and Santos go ahead. Possible targets still include Yossi Benayoun and Clint Dempsey, but Arsenal will have to work fast because the transfer window closes on Wednesday.