As always with Liverpool, no details were revealed about Joe Cole’s loan move to Lille. It has been speculated however that Lille will only be paying a third of Cole’s sizeable wages while he is on a season long loan. Considering this significant concession to Lille in this regard, it has led to some reports that Liverpool will be getting something in return from the French club.
Some French sources have stated that Director of Football Damien Comolli has managed to secure first refusal on Lille’s potential superstar Eden Hazard. In Cole’s press conference in France today, Lille president Michel Seydoux refused to confirm that such an agreement was in place, and only said that there weren’t any favours given to Liverpool while in negotiations over the loan deal for Cole.
Still, if the first option speculation was confirmed, it could be said that Damien Comolli has done a very good deal on Liverpool’s part. Hazard is a very exciting young player, and has been linked with the Reds, Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and has been tipped by French great Zinedine Zidane to excel at the highest level. A first option agreement would mean the Reds would get the opportunity to be the first club to negotiate with Hazard before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There are of course problems to any such agreement. Hazard may not be interested in a move to Liverpool in the first place, making any first option agreement null and void. The Reds could be given permission to speak to the Belgian playmaker but there would be guaranteed he would accept the Merseyside club as first choice.
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