11 Jun 2014

Joe Cole joins Aston Villa

7:23 am on 11 June 2014

The former England midfielder Joe Cole has joined Aston Villa on a free transfer.

32-year-old Cole has signed a two-year deal after being released by West Ham United.

The London-born player, who won 56 caps for England, began his career at Upton Park before moving in 2003 to Chelsea, where he won three league titles.

He joined Liverpool in 2010 but could not hold down a regular first-team place, and spent the 2011-12 season on loan at French club Lille.

Cole is Villa's second signing of the close-season, after Philippe Senderos on a free transfer from Valencia.