Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he retains an interest in Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, and will look to sign him as soon as possible.
Should Cole transfer to White Hart Lane, it would mark something of a reunion for he and Redknapp as the Spurs boss gave Cole his Premier League debut when in charge of West Ham United.
“I like Joe, and I am not going to say I don’t want to sign him because I would be lying,” admitted Redknapp to the Guardian.
“I have not made any inquiries for Joe. It probably would be difficult because we tried to get him last year.
It was not difficult for me but the chairman – well, he might think he didn’t want to come here last year and he went to Liverpool.”
Spurs would have to convince Cole to reduce his wage demands though should he move to White Hart Lane, as his Liverpool salary is higher than the Tottenham hierarchy allows for.
“Yes [he would], but I think he would have last time too,” said Redknapp.
“But we took our time making an offer and it all dragged on. In the end he probably felt he wasn’t wanted enough. He is a real talent.
I signed him when he was 11 [at West Ham] and he was the best young footballer I have ever seen – I have never seen anyone come near him – and I think I can get him back to where he was. I would love to work with him again.”
With Alberto Aquilani set to join Cole in exiting Anfield, it appears Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is streamlining his bulging midfield.