White Hart Lane boss ready to reunited with former his former Hammers charge.
HARRY REDKNAPP has admitted for the first time he is trying to sign Joe Cole.
But the Spurs boss faces a battle with North London rivals Arsenal to secure the signature of the Chelsea and England midfielder.
Redknapp said: “We’ve declared our interest in Joe to his agent but that is as far as it has gone.
“We are told Joe doesn’t want to talk to anyone about any move until after the World Cup is over.”
Cole, 28, is available on a free transfer after refusing new terms at Stamford Bridge and Redknapp is keen to work with him for a second time.
Cole was given his first-team break at West Ham when Redknapp bossed the Hammers, before moving to Chelsea for £6.5million seven years ago.
The England star was demanding a wage rise of around £30,000 on top of his £80,000-a-week salary to bring him in line with Chelsea’s top earners but the Blues refused.
Arsenal have a strict wage policy but can get around it by offering Camden-born Cole a big signing-on fee as he will cost nothing. (The Sun)
If Arsenal pull out of the race due to excessive wage demands and with Man United already stating they are not interested in the England international, the path is pretty much clear for Harry Redknapp to reunite with the former West Ham man.
The three year deal Joe Cole wants will cost the White Hart Lane club £17.1m and whilst that may sound steep its worth noting that the attacking midfielder would cost around £20m in transfer fees alone and in many ways the 28 year old could be the final part of the Tottenham jigsaw puzzle.
The offer to join Spurs is of course made sweeter now the club has Champions League football to offer and though Redknapp already has a fantastic squad the addition of a vastly experienced and incredibly talented player like Cole can only be an added bonus and in many ways a player too good to turn down.