Lille coach Rudi Garcia says he would like to keep on-loan Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole for another season.
Cole has returned to parent-club Liverpool after spending the 2011-12 campaign with the Ligue 1 side.
Any permanent deal is complicated by the fact that the Reds are currently without a manager since sacking Kenny Dalglish last week.
But Garcia is keen to strike a deal for the England international, who scored four goals in 27 appearances for his Lille team.
"From a sporting angle we would like to keep him," said Garcia, who is resigned to losing his Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard.
"But he does not belong to us and he has not discussed matters with Liverpool.
"It is a very fluid situation. The only certainty for the moment is that he is returning to Liverpool, the club to which he belongs."
Cole joined the Reds on a four year contract in 2010 on a free transfer from Chelsea but failed to impress in his first season and was sent out on loan by then-manager Dalglish.