Anfield boss set to make move for out of contract Stamford Bridge attacker.
Liverpool want England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole to spearhead an Anfield revival.
Cole is known to have infuriated Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with his wage demands during preliminary contract talks.
The 28-year-old is potentially one of the best Bosman free transfers on the
market and Liverpool, who are driving to bolster their English contingent, have earmarked the skilful Londoner as a potential signing.
Manager Rafa Benitez has already signed up-and-coming stars Raheem Sterling (from QPR) and Jonjo Shelvey (from Charlton) and has talked openly about his desire to instill more ‘English passion’ into the club.
Even if Benitez leaves, the club will look to sign at least two more English players over the next month as they pursue a policy of signing more homegrown players
to prepare for new UEFA guidelines.
Cole, who has struggled to hold down a Chelsea first-team place under Carlo Ancelotti, would give the club Premier League experience, plus the star quality that would appease disillusioned fans. (Daily Mail)
OK let me get this on record. I would love to see us get Joe Cole but I am not sure it will happen. Obviously the fact he will cost nothing fits the fact that we don’t have a great deal of funding available at the moment but I have a sneaking suspicion he will put pen to paper on a new Chelsea contract and that all of this speculation is a just a helpful way of getting a bit more money from Roman Abramovich.
We need additions in the summer and if we can get a bit of money from potential new owners then great but we are linked with a great many players who will not join us right now. This summer could go either way. One way would leave us with Hicks and Gillett unable to sell the club for the price they want and then we could take another step backwards.
The other way is the club is sold to someone who really backs the club, puts money in for big money signings and moves us nearer to a new stadium, the one we were promised some time ago. Watch this space.