White Hart Lane boss wants Anfield star.
Liverpool’s Joe Cole set to leave the club at end of season with Tottenham interested – report
The former Chelsea man has failed to impress during his debut season at Anfield and West Ham and Spurs are said to be interested in capturing his signature this summer
Joe Cole is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season having failed to impress manager Kenny Dalglish.
The 29-year-old, who joined the club from Chelsea last July, has made only eight starts in his debut season at Anfield and has lost his place in Fabio Capello’s England squad following a stuttering campaign.
With a busy summer in the transfer window expected on Merseyside, Cole would command a fee of £10 million and both Tottenham and former club West Ham are thought to be interested in the playmaker.
It seems that if Liverpool were to be offered as much as £10m for a 29 year old they paid nothing for, and who has failed to inspire the confidence of manager Kenny Dalglish, then surely they would gladly take the money without thinking twice. However, would Harry Redknapp really make such an offer? Why exactly would the White Hart Lane boss make such an offer?
Given that Tottenham have players of the quality of Niko Kranjcar and David Bentley wasting away on the bench or out on loan a move to sign Joe Cole is somewhat confusing. Yes of course there are links between the former West Ham boss and the former Hammers star but is that enough to persuade Redknapp to make an offer for the former England regular?
Joe Cole hasn’t started a Premier League game for Liverpool since early January and it’s not as though he has been missed. Kenny Dalglish has seen his Merseyside outfit take on a new lease of life and produced consistent displays that have helped the club back up the table and hoping for a last gasp push for European Qualification.
Clearly at his age Joe Cole does not want to be bench warming but a move to North London would surely see the Londoner swapping one bench for another. Look at the quality Tottenham have in their midfield. Rafael Van der Vaart and Luka Modric have been excellent this season and Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon are automatic first choices for either wing, so where would Cole fit in?
At Liverpool Cole is also struggling for first team chances and the recent hat-trick from Maxi and the continuing determined and effective performances from Dirk Kuyt mean that a spot in the starting eleven seems a distant dream for the former Chelsea man who saw his Stamford Bridge chances limited first by injuries and then by the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as boss, a move that left no option but to leave the Blues.
Liverpool have already spent big to bring in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, though those signings were funded almost entirely by the sales of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel, and Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are looking to make further additions and that will surely only further hamper Joe Cole’s chances.
Perhaps it would be best for the talented attacking midfielder to look at alternative destinations with West Ham and Aston Villa both said to be interested, maybe a move to either Upton Park or Villa Park more sensible options?