Redknapp still a fan of Cole

Cole turned down an offer from Spurs in order to move to Merseyside

last summer, but the switch has not worked well for the Londoner,

who failed to establish himself as a first-team regular last

season. Reds manager Kenny Dalglish cast doubt on Cole’s future at

Anfield by bolstering his midfield this summer with the signings of

Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, and the 29-year-old has not

been deemed good enough for a place on the Scot’s bench for the

club’s first two games of the campaign. Redknapp, who signed Cole

as a youngster when he was manager at West Ham, still believes the

midfielder has the ability to excel in the top flight and could

make a move for the player soon. “I like Joe. I signed him as an

11-year-old. He is a good player,” said Redknapp. “I’ve got all the

time in the world for him. We haven’t made any enquiries about him

but I wouldn’t sit here and say I wouldn’t have him at the club

because if I did I’d be lying. I do like him.” Redknapp is short of

options in midfield after a series of injuries hit his squad. Luka

Modric is one midfielder Redknapp has not been able to play this

season, with niggling ankle, groin and hamstring injuries the

official reason why the wantaway playmaker has not been available.

Redknapp revealed on Monday that the 25-year-old has been unsettled

by Chelsea’s dogged pursuit of the player and was not included in

the squad for the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United on Monday night

as a result. Modric did not train with his team-mates this morning,

but could feature in tomorrow’s Europa League play-off second leg

against Hearts despite the Londoners being 5-0 up from the first

game. That would drastically reduce the prospect of Modric moving

to Chelsea as it would cup tie him for the Champions League group

stages, but Redknapp could not care less. “We are not in the

Champions League so it won’t affect us,” the 64-year-old said. “I’m

not bothered about anyone else. He is here, we love him, he is a

great player and I need him back playing. “The chairman has made it

clear that he is not for sale so he has to crack on with it now and

I’m sure he will. “Will he play tomorrow? Possibly. We will see how

his hamstring is on Thursday. Certainly I’m looking to have him fit

for the weekend against Man City. “He is not going to go away and

play for his country next week if he doesn’t play for Tottenham,

that’s for sure, because he needs to play.” Chelsea are reported to

have lodged a £30million bid for the player this week – their

third of the summer – but Redknapp emphatically reiterated that the

Croatian is not for sale today. “The chairman says he is not for

sale. He has made that clear. “Yesterday when I spoke to him he

said that Luka definitely wasn’t going and that was the end of the

matter as far as he was concerned. “I keep seeing that the chairman

is trying to push the price up (for Modric). “He is not trying to

push the price up. He is not for sale. He has made that clear. He

doesn’t want to sell him.”