Harry looking to swipe Cole from under Arsenal's nose
Published 23:00 28/06/10 By John Cross
Harry Redknapp has tried to gazump Arsenal in the fight for Joe Cole.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has put together a package which they believe can lure the England midfielder to White Hart Lane ahead of their north London rivals.
Redknapp is a huge fan of Cole and has urged Levy to sign his former West Ham protege after the 28-year-old was released by Chelsea.
Levy does not want to go above the current £60,000-a-week wage structure.
But they have put forward an offer to Cole’s advisers which includes a signing-on fee, loyalty and success bonuses which will make it the best pay deal at the club.
Tottenham outcast Robbie Keane, a target for Aston Villa and Birmingham, is the club’s top earner on £60,000-a-week but Ledley King has also agreed a new deal which puts him on a par even though it includes a pay-as-you-play element.
Redknapp believes his squad needs strengthening for next season’s Champions League and would dearly love to get Cole.
Cole has also attracted interest from Arsenal - but only if they can offload another of their forwards with Eduardo and Tomas Rosicky both available at the right price.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Inter Milan are keen but Cole has made it clear that he will make a decision on football rather than financial reasons and that he is desperate for a manager who will show “faith” in him.
Redknapp believes his relationship with Cole could yet prove to be the trump card even though bigger clubs are interested and they may be able to offer bigger contracts.
Arsenal would be a big draw but Cole insisted after England’s World Cup exit that no deal has yet been agreed although Arsene Wenger is monitoring developments closely and has made enquiries.
Cole wants to play through the middle to boost his international chances and is keen to get at least a three-year deal but says he will decide on his future in a fortnight after going on holiday.