French champions Lille have secured the services of Liverpool winger Joe Cole on a season-long loan deal.
The 29-year-old has made just 20 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Chelsea in July 2010, and has not been used by Reds manager Kenny Dalglish this season.
With places in the Liverpool midfield harder to come by since the arrivals of Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, Cole has opted for a loan move to Lille amid the lure of Champions League football.
“With the arrival of England international Joe Cole, LOSC has clearly added to its squad both in quantity and quality,” a statement on Lille’s official website read.
“The club is pleased and proud that the challenges facing us and our project have attracted a player of this magnitude.”
Tottenham have struck a deal with West Ham to bring England international midfielder Scott Parker to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of six million pounds.
The 30-year-old Parker handed in a transfer request at Upton Park on Tuesday.
Parker joined West Ham from Newcastle in 2007 and won the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award last season.
Stoke look set to snare Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome after agreeing a fee with the Midlands club.
Jerome, 25, scored three league goals in 34 appearances for Birmingham last season.
Queens Park Rangers have agreed a fee with Sunderland to sign defender Anton Ferdinand.
Ferdinand, younger brother of Manchester United and England centre back Rio Ferdinand, becomes QPR boss Neil Warnock’s third acquisition in the space of a week following the arrivals of Luke Young and Joey Barton.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg have signed Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb on a loan deal from La Liga and European champions Barcelona.
The 30-year-old former Arsenal player, under contract with Barcelona until 2012, has spent loan spells at Stuttgart and Birmingham over the last two seasons.