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Transfer News: Liverpool Sign Joe Cole from Chelsea

New Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson added another weapon to his arsenal today, signing winger Joe Cole to his Liverpool squad.  Cole, 28, leaves Chelsea on a free transfer and will sign a four-year contract with the Reds after completing a physical.   On July 8, 2010, Liverpool signed Serbian international Milan Jovanovic from Standard Liege. 

Cole has represented his country 56 times in international competition, scoring 10 goals for the Three Lions in the process.  He began his career with West Ham United, having attending their famed academy, and made over 125 appearances for the Irons between 1998 and 2003.  He received the captain’s armband for West Ham in 2003, at the age of 21, and was voted the 2003 “Hammer of the Year.”  Later in 2003 he was signed by Chelsea and scored 28 goals in 183 appearances for the London team.  While with Chelsea, Cole was part of three Premier League title teams and two FA Cup champions. 

Milan Jovanovic is a 29-year-old left winger/striker.  The 6 footer scored 52 goals for Standard Liege in 114 appearances, helping his team capture two Belgian League titles and two Belgian SuperCup trophies.  A former teammate of American international defender Oguchi Onyewu, Jovanovic has scored 10 goals in 29 national team games for Servia, including the winner in Serbia’s 1-0 victory over Germany June 18 in the 2010 World Cup.  Jovanovic was also signed on a free transfer.  Signed by Rafael Benitez before Benitez left Liverpool, there were rumors that Jovanovic would not honor his contract, but Jovanovic has made clear his intentions on staying at Anfield. 

The addition of these two fine players indicates that Liverpool have every intention of regaining Champions League play.  With Roy Hodgson in charge, it looks to be an exciting season at Anfield.  Liverpool open the 2010-2011 English Premier League on Sunday August 15 as the host Arsenal.

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