England international ready to switch Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford in bid to resurrect ailing career.
JOE Cole is poised for a summer move to long-time admirers Manchester United if there is no agreement on a new contract at Chelsea.
The midfielder has been on Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s radar ever since he started impressing as a precocious schoolboy in the West Ham academy.
Ferguson would regularly ask the then-West Ham manager Harry Redknapp “How’s Joe doing?” when their paths crossed. It was Chelsea who moved in for Cole seven years ago – but now Ferguson could snap up the 28-year-old on a Bosman free at the end of the summer.
Cole’s current £80,000-a-week deal is in its last few months with talks on an improved contract having stalled.
It’s believed Cole wants more than £100,000 a week – and he has grown disillusioned with the lack of progress on talks.
He is also frustrated at the lack of first team chances since he returned from a nine month injury lay-off and it has made him think about taking on a new challenge.
If he was to leave then friends say he favours a move to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester United. Ferguson would be keen on bringing Cole in, as United would only have to pay wages for someone who would normally have a £15 million price tag. (Sunday Express)
If Joe Cole did indeed make such a shocking move to Old Trafford from Stamford Bridge I don’t think any Chelsea fan could blame him. The former West Ham man has found himself surplus to requirements after a lengthy lay off saw him usurped by the likes of a resurgent Florent Malouda and the 28 year old can not afford to waste any more time on the sidelines, not least if he wants to make it back into the England set-up.
The attacking midfielder has started just 11 Premier League games this term and wants a contract that he feels will put him up with the clubs big earner and probably most of all he wants some assurances that he has a future at the club and if Carlo Ancelotti can give neither then he will surely look for the best offer on the table and a move to Manchester United would be mighty hard to turn down.
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a long term admirer and whilst there may be competition for his signature from Tottenham, under Cole’s former mentor Harry Redknapp, it seems that this source believes a move to the Premier League champions is very much on the cards.