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Switzerland medical for Cole

20 Jul 2010 - 07:42:27

Joe Cole has arrived in Switzerland for a medical before officially signing for Liverpool.

The 28-year-old England international has joined up with his new team-mates at a training camp where he will complete the formalities on his free transfer move to Anfield.

Cole is the first player brought to the club by new manager Roy Hodgson following his release by Chelsea at the end of the last campaign.

The Reds beat off interest from Tottenham and West Ham to sign the midfielder and club legend Ian Rush believes Cole can help bring the best out of star duo Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

Cole is expected to put pen to paper on a four-year contract worth a reported £90,000 per week in the next few days.

"When you look at what we've got attacking-wise, we've got younger lads but we needed more experience and Cole brings that," said Rush, who is the club's all-time leading goalscorer.

"Joe could play just behind Fernando Torres. People don't know his position because he can play on the left, right and just off the striker, and I think it's a wonderful signing.

"Skill-wise he is the best in England - there is no one better.

"I'm sure Roy Hodgson will play him in every game, especially if he is playing well, and maybe getting regular football is a reason why he has come to Liverpool.

"To get Joe to come out of London and come to Liverpool is a coup for Hodgson himself.

"A lot of people were expecting him to stay in London because that's where he was born and been brought up.

"I think this sends a sign out to Liverpool supporters that the club do mean business."


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