Anfield man was in fact keen on White Hart Lane move, apparently.
Harry Redknapp has revealed that new Liverpool signing Joe Cole had “wanted to come to Tottenham”.
Cole, 28, joined the Reds on a free transfer this week after he was released by Chelsea in May.
“I spoke to him a month ago and I thought he was coming here,” said Tottenham manager Redknapp, who managed the midfielder at West Ham.
“He wanted to come to Spurs. He’d made his mind up – I had no doubt. But a month went by and Liverpool moved in.”
England international Cole signed a four-year deal with the Anfield club and will reportedly earn £90,000 per week.
Meanwhile, Redknapp believes Tottenham could win the Premier League this season.
The 63-year-old helped Spurs to their highest Premier League finish last season, with fourth spot also guaranteeing the club a place in the Champions League.
“I feel we could contend for the title; we have got the players here,” added Redknapp.
“We have to aim for it. We could win the championship (BBC Sport)
Whatever Harry Redknapp is drinking, I want some! So Joe Cole “wanted” to join Tottenham but instead of acting on this desire he opted to move to Anfield, strange that. Also the idea that the White Hart Lane outfit can challenge for the title is a tad optimistic, even I wouldn’t say that Liverpool had a chance of the Premier League title but I guess that Spurs boss is just getting carried away with all the excitement.