Have Anfield side captured former Stamford Bridge midfielder?
Paddy Power today suspended betting on Joe Cole’s next club following a flood of bets on the ex-Chelsea player moving to Liverpool.
Liverpool had been available at odds of 11/2 to be Cole’s next club on Saturday morning but was backed into just 7/4 after numerous lumpy bets were wagered. The bookie then suspended betting when the slashing of odds failed to stem the tide.
Tottenham had been the bookie’s favourite since betting opened, but the Liverpool plunge was the first significant move in the market.
Paddy Power said, “We’ve raised the white flag and it looks like good news for Liverpool fans. It was a very quiet market that suddenly sprang to life and scores of bets were placed one after the other at all odds between 11/2 and 7/4. Money usually talks in markets like this and it’s shouting louder than a vuvuzela!”
Joe Cole’s next club closing odds
15/2 Man Utd (Paddy Power)
As the saying goes, you never see a broke a bookie. Does this news indeed mean that Joe Cole has managed to get the three year £100k a week deal? That would cost Roy Hodgson’s Anfield side a total of £15.6m but that would still be something of a bargain as there is clearly no transfer fee involved for the free agent.
The adaptable attacker can be played out wide or indeed could even be used as a man in the hole behind the strikers. The 28 year old still has a lot to offer and perhaps Carlo Ancelotti was too quick to turn down the former West Ham man’s demands.
Similar moves by bookmakers occurred when Manchester United were chasing Michael Owen last summer and that was a move that many found hard to believe until the deal was indeed sealed.
Would Liverpool fans welcome this move if indeed it proves to come to fruition?