White Hart Lane readies itself for big transfer moves.
VINCENZO IAQUINTA’S agent claims the Italy striker is Spurs-bound.
Iaquinta, 30, is set to quit Juventus after the World Cup.
And Andrea D’Amico said: “He could be making a new life for himself in England with Tottenham.” (The Sun)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has today told talkSPORT that the club has been in contact with the agent of soon-to-be out-of-contract Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole about a possible move to White Hart Lane. But the England player will not be making a decision on his club future until after the World Cup. Reports have suggested that Cole could move to Arsenal on a three-year contract while Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also thought to be interested.
Joe Cole was officially released by Chelsea today along with midfielder Michael Ballack, and the midfielder is being tracked by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Tottenham Hotpsur boss Harry Redknapp, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. It is unknown who the favourites are to sign Joe Cole, although the majority of media reports suggest that Arsenal have clinched the signing of the former West Ham prodigy.
Redknapp said: “I don’t know. It’s not impossible. I think that Daniel [Levy], the chairman, has spoken to Joe’s agent and he said that Joe didn’t want to discuss any moves until after the World Cup. Then he’s going to look at his options.
“But he’s told us that he hasn’t decided anything yet and he hasn’t done anything definite. So there’s a chance.I suppose it all depends on the financial side of it and everything else, but according to his agent he’s not made up his mind yet.” (Sport.co.uk)
So there you have it. Harry Redknapp clearly wants Joe Cole and his quotes would indicate that the Chelsea man is still undecided and therefore very much within the White Hart Lane grasp. The England man is probably quite sensible to put this all on the back burner until after the World Cup but that won’t stop agents and club reps trying to haggle over deals.
More surprising perhaps are the quotes of Vincenzo Iaquinta’s agent who is basically claiming that his client is Tottenham bound. Would his be a good thing for the north London side? Well the former Udinese man had a decent season at Juventus but failed to cement a regular spot in what was a struggling Turin outfit last term. He is in Marcello Lippi’s World Cup squad but is famously pretty lackluster at International level his record of five goals (two of which were against New Zealand) in 37 caps may lead to comparisons with Emile Heskey.
Iaquinta is a good forward but by no means a great one and arguably Redknapp has three better players than the 30 year old beast of a striker. If the club loses Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko then perhaps a deal makes more sense.
It promises to be a busy summer for Spurs fans as they sit down to enjoy a World Cup that sees a great many of their side in action ahead of what promises to be a potentially ground breaking season of Champions League football next term, just so long as they don’t fall at the qualification hurdle.