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Coventry sign former England international Joe Cole on free transfer

Coventry have signed Joe Cole on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

The former England international has penned a deal until the end of the season after being on loan at the Ricoh Arena since October.

Cole, 34, won the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup three times with Chelsea and earned 56 caps for his country.

The midfielder has made seven appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring once, and boss Tony Mowbray has praised his impact for the Sky Bet League One promotion hopefuls.

Mowbray told the club's official site: "Since he joined the club, I've really enjoyed working with Joe and delighted to see him sign on for the rest of the season.

"Our staff have worked hard with him to build up his fitness and physicality, and we've seen Joe really buy into what we're trying to do here.

"He's great to have around the dressing room and the rest of the squad feed off his experience, and I'm sure it'll have a positive impact on our younger players as well.

"I only see his performances for the club getting better and he is a fantastic option to have from now until the end of the season."

Cole played 16 times for Villa after a switch from West Ham in 2014 following his second spell at Upton Park but had only made once appearance for them this season.

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