With his loan spell in France going better than many expected, the future of Joe Cole seems open to interpretation, however a move to Aston Villa has once again popped up as a summer possibility.
Alex McCleish was rumoured to be interested in the Englishman’s signature in August before Cole completed a season-long loan to Ligue 1 champions Lille.
The 30 year-old has impressed this campaign scoring five goals and making just as many assists in just twenty starts for the side.
Some have speculated that Cole may choose to make his move permanent should Lille make an offer for the midfielder.
However, with interest in his talent now rising once more, a move back to his home country may appeal more to the former Chelsea star.
Villa reportedly launched a £4.5m offer for Cole last summer and while they may not be willing to pay the same fee for the wideman, a bid could be prepared for season’s end.
The Birmingham outfit are struggling to recover from the 2011 exits of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young and with summer signing Charles N’Zogbia currently feuding with Alex McCleish, winger reinforcements may be needed.
Another option for Cole is for him to attempt to break back into the Liverpool setup once again next season should Kenny Dalglish wish for him to stay.
The veteran is contracted at Anfield until 2014 but may not fancy his chances in Merseyside, instead preferring a move to Aston Villa where first team football would undoubtedly be easier to come by.