Anfield boss set to seal England midfielder deal.
Free agent Joe Cole has reportedly been offered £90,000 a week to become Roy Hodgson’s first signing at Liverpool but three other Premier League clubs are still in the hunt for the midfielder.
Cole is available on a free transfer from Chelsea after his contract expired at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool have shot to the front of the list of clubs chasing the trickster’s talents. Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are all believed to be interested in Cole and present options for the 28-year-old to stay in London.
Liverpool can’t offer Champions League football as Arsenal and Tottenham can, but hope their lucrative contract, reported to be for three years, and the likelihood of first-team football will tempt Cole to Anfield. (ESPN)
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!” (Paddy Power)
So by all accounts Joe Cole has apparently more or less accepted the offer from Liverpool and will join them some time this week, which will come as great news to Roy Hodgson who is trying to re-shape the faltering Anfield outfit after last season’s poor showin.
The deal will cost the club in the region of £14m in wages over the three years plus a reported £1.7m signing on bonus. It seems the likelihood of a good run in the first team has been a good reason why the 28 year old favoured a move to Merseyside over a deal at Arsenal.
Are Liverpool fans happy about this reportedly impending deal.