Anfield man wanted by soon to be promoted Loftus Road side.
Queens Park Rangers are lining up a summer move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole.
The 29-year-old has struggled to force his way into the first team at Anfield since his fanfare arrival from Chelsea last July and is expected to make a swift return to London, with Tottenham and former club West Ham both reportedly keen on securing his services.
But QPR remain favourites to lure England international Cole back to his home town by willing to match the £90,000-a-week wages he currently earns at Liverpool.
Cole has struggled to settle into life on Merseyside and is understood to favour a move back to the capital, which has opened the door for the Hoops to herald their return to the top flight with his capture expected to be the first of many new faces arriving at Loftus Road in the close season.
SOURCE: Click Liverpool
By all accounts Joe Cole may be interested in a move back to London and perhaps QPR are the only club who can offer the former Chelsea man first team football AND a huge wage due to the West London club’s big financial backers, including the mega rich co-owner Lakshmi Mittal.
Kenny Dalglish has barely used 29 year old Cole and given that Liverpool have managed just fine without the England international it seems the attacking midfielder would be best off leaving Merseyside rather than wasting any more of his career warming the bench.
There has been reported interest in the Londoner from Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle United but moves to all three of those club’s could be tricky. A move to White Hart Lane would seem to make little sense from Harry Redknapp’s perspective given that the likes of Niko Kranjcar and David Bentley’s failure to get first team football and a midfield that already possesses Rafael Van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon would seemingly not need Joe Cole.
A move to Newcastle United has been mentioned but Mike Ashley is unlikely to offer the kind of wages Joe Cole is after, not least because the St James’ Park club remembers all to well the money wasted on Michael Owen. A move to West Ham would hand the former Hammer a chance to rejoin his first club but if the club gets relegated such a move will be extinguished.
Liverpool are apparently hoping to make £8-10m from any sale which would be a good return on the free transfer investment. The Anfield side have improve greatly since Dalglish returned and the likes of Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi and Lucas have all shown big improvements making Cole’s chances of first team football all the more problematic.