Anfield boss ready to agree moves to take midfielders to Loftus Road and the San Siro.
Neil Warnock admits Queens Park Rangers can now afford to pay a larger portion of Joe Cole’s wages as he plots his moves in the transfer market.
Tony Fernandes’ takeover at Loftus Road last week has given Warnock added funds to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.
Liverpool midfielder Cole is among the players to have been linked with the newly-promoted club after failing to make an impact since moving to Anfield last summer.
However, Warnock acknowledged the injection of funds by Fernandes has given him a stronger hand to play in the transfer market over the coming days.
“We will not just spend money for the sake of it,” said Warnock. “We have to get quality players in to the club.
“Joe Cole? We can probably afford 30 or 40 per cent of his wages now. The chairman knows all my targets and we are discussing them.
“This man coming in, Tony Fernandes, is a dream come true. You do not often get the opportunity to look at players I have only dreamed about. I am in Utopia.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
As well as Joe Cole nearing a move to Loftus Road, team-mate Alberto Aquilani is nearing a move to the San Siro and has openly stated that a deal that will see the Italian international return to Serie A is almost done. Neither midfielder has played any part in the first two games of the Premier League season, indeed neither has even been on the bench for the matches against Sunderland and Arsenal, such has been the plethora of new signings that have pushed both players down the pecking order.
AC Milan are reportedly ready to pay around £8.7m for Aquilani as Massimiliano Allegri looks to bring in more midfield options to help improve his title winning squad. The former Roma man spent last term on loan at Juventus and had played in most of the pre-season friendlies, impressing many, but not enough to see Dalglish pick him for competitive duty.
QPR are said to be ready to pay up to £3m for Cole and it’s a fee that Liverpool will gleefully accept so as to get the former Chelsea and West Ham man off the club’s books as his massive salary is not in keeping with the fact that he is barely a part of the first team picture.
Warnock’s public statement of interest in the 29 year old is thought to be confirmation that the two clubs are in advanced talks to complete the deal. Liverpool have been approached by a number of sides in relation to a possible season long loan deal but the Merseyside outfit it keen to get rid of Joe Cole on a permanent basis.
The arrival of Tony Fernandes at QPR will help Neil Warnock secure new signings before the end of the month and the club’s win over Everton will give the Super Hoops new found hope following their opening day 4-0 home drubbing by Bolton. A move to sign Joe Cole will not however leave the way clear for Adel Taarabt to leave the West London club as the newly promoted side have no intention of losing the Moroccan international.
Liverpool have spent over £50m in the current transfer window and may well be looking to bring in one more significant signing and therefore are looking to balance the books and have thus far offloaded Paul Konchesky, Milan Jovanovic and Nabil El Zhar.