Redknapp admits interest in Liverpool ace but cool over West Ham and Marseille men

10:37 01 January 2013

Joe Cole. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Joe Cole. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS


Transfer news: Harry Redknapp has admitted he’d like to sign Liverpool’s Joe Cole.

The transfer window opened today and the QPR manager will try to add reinforcements to help his rock bottom club beat relegation from the Premier League.

The 65-year-old handed the Reds midfielder his professional debut while in charge of West Ham United and is keen to link up with the former England international again.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a player and as a person,” Redknapp said. “He’s a good lad to have around your football club and a good player.

“Joe’s an interesting one. I’d like to bring Joe here if we could be the deal would have to be right for the club.

“We couldn’t do a deal with Liverpool for what his contract is at Liverpool. We’d have to find a way of doing a deal, if they were willing to let him go.

“I’d have to speak with Brendan [Rogers], I’ll have a chat with him when the time is right and see what he has to say.”

But the Rangers boss reiterated that January is not an easy market in which to attract players and when asked if he expected to add new faces by the end of the week he said: “I doubt it.

“It’s difficult to find players at this time of year. As I’ve said many times, not too many clubs let players go. When they do they look to hold you to ransom.

“We are looking around to see what we can find at the right value.

“I’ve got a list of names and players I’d like to try to get but actually getting them is not easy. It’s all about value, prices and everything else.

“If we can find one or two we’ll do it, if not we’ll stay where we are.

“It just depends what’s around.”

The west London club have been linked with numerous names as potential transfer targets but Redknapp was sceptical whether he could tempt West Ham’s Mohamed Diame or Marseille striker Loic Remy.

On the former, the R’s manager said: “He’s a good player at West Ham but whether they would sell him, I don’t know.”

The response was much the same when quizzed about the French forward.

“[He’s a] top player but I don’t know whether we could get him to QPR, it would be difficult.”

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