Redknapp admits Joe Cole interest

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has declared an interest in signing Liverpool’s out-of-favour midfielder Joe 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 Premier League 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.