Liverpool have won the race to sign England international Joe Cole after agreeing a four-year contract with the former West Ham United and Chelsea star.
The 28-year-old, who has agreed personal terms with the Reds and will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours, won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson confirmed his interest in a player that has scored ten times in 56 appearances for his country at the weekend, although he had tried to play down the speculation.
"I know we've been connected with him - and it's good to know we're connected with players of that quality - but I don't have anything to report on the subject," he told Sky Sports News.
"I haven't had any discussions with him, but I had a brief chat a while back.
"If you want to know about transfer targets and how things are progressing, you'll have to ask (managing director) Christian Purslow because he's the man looking after those discussions not me."
Cole found the net 38 times in 189 starts and 93 substitute appearances for Chelsea.