Cole set for Arsenal or Spurs after rejecting Liverpool move

By on July 7, 2010

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By Football Talk.

The race for Joe Cole’s signature took another twist today after Metro.co.uk claim the player will reject the advances of Liverpool in favour of a move to either Arsenal or Tottenham. Several of Europe’s elite have been linked with a move for free agent Cole after he was released by Chelsea after being unable to agree a contract extension.

Reports over the past few days have suggested Liverpool were right in the mix and new manager Roy Hodgson was keen to speak with the playmaker in an attempt to persuade him his future lay in Merseyside despite Liverpool being unable to offer him Champions League football next season.

But it seems Cole would prefer to remain in London leaving North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to battle it out. The Gunners are understood to be in pole position after offering Cole a £115,000-a-week contract. However, Tottenham have got a package together themselves that would include several bonuses on top of a £60,000-a-week basic wage.

Cole is currently on holiday with his family and has left his agent to deal with all negotiations until he returns next week. He is wanting to take his time over what will be his last major contract but has previously suggested his decision will be based on footballing not financial factors.

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32 Comments

  1. fazzz

    July 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    no quote or sauce??

    • Fab4

      July 7, 2010 at 10:56 am

      The source was listed, Metro.co.uk

      • Ar5en1l

        July 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

        You will have to change that avatar of yours soon..he’s offski

  2. Erichero

    July 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Ketchup.

  3. tom pumps

    July 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

    cole would be a great signing for us and would prob be the start of a busy transfer window for us

  4. Spursmann

    July 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    WHy the f…. can Arsenal offer DOUBLE the wage that Spurs can? I just dont get it…dont Spurs have about the same amount of money?

    Yes – i understand the “wage structure” – but – anyway – cant Spurs afford this if they want to?

    Strange

  5. Hotdog

    July 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    No sauce thank you

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  7. Gunnernet

    July 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    STOP posting cr@p…Arsenal would never a give a contract of 115 k per week to an injury prone, classic overrated Englishman, when there are players in the market like Ozil.. 115 k good lord…..Cesk and RVP would become rebels.. Pure bull shite…

    • Football Talk

      July 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      I did not create the £115,000 figure, as stated Metro.co.uk was the source.

  8. Gunnernet

    July 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe at half the price, i would consider it for a moment.

  9. Dave

    July 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    In reply to the spud who was frying why they don’t have the money we do, try ten yrs in the CL, 10 plus trophies over the last 10 yrs , yes believe it or not the history of football stretches back further than 5 yrs, or how about double the size stadium, there’s your answer, you numpty never for a second you are anywhere near our prestigious club, you may be in cl (qualifiers) but 1 swallow doesn’t make it summer! For the record I’d rather us sign ozil.

  10. daboy

    July 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I only hope who ever picks up Cole does not pay over 80k per week.

  11. Digger

    July 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Gunnernet, we’ve done a deal like this before with Sol, as there was no transfer fee involved it allowed the club to “front load” his wages to the reported £100k a week, I’m sure it will be something like that this time around.

  12. balders

    July 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    arsenal get nearly double our gate and have been in the CL every year…that’s gotta help. although it does sound a lot for them….or us

  13. Jerkinmahjurgen

    July 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Quite clearly Ars can and do offer more in wages but, as stated, it’s not all about money. It will hinge on whether Cole wants to re-unite with Harry or work with Arsene, where he will probably slot right in where Fab was and have fluid players all over the pitch. I hope he comes to Spurs, where he would be great competition and cover across the midfield.
    Can’t wait for this season to start!!

  14. Mish

    July 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I thought it was common knowledge that Joe Cole wanted to stay playing his football in London?!

    The only people that have thought he was coming to Liverpool were the gutter press and we all know what crap they talk!

  15. Muzza

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    He is still odds on at the bookies to become a Liverpool player …. hmmmmm something tells me this is another waffle website … http://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/joe-cole-specials/club-after-summer-transfer-window

  16. ToppinHam

    July 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Gooners can clearly offer him more! Yet in truth Ar5ena1 need him less than any1. There attacking options is huge! We can’t compete with them- nor should we looking to break our wage structure to do so!! 115k could be a ruse to get others to cough up more- Levy shouldn’t buy in2 this agent’s trap!

  17. alski

    July 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    so Fab4, you’re using the Metro.co.uk as you source are you? This is not even a real newspaper, its just a free sheet owned by Associated Newspapers, which is itself owned by the Daily Mail. As you well know its an advertising rag re-purposing syndicated content that appears across all of the Daily Mail’s websites run by AND its digital arm. AND has over 150 sites which blatantly invent “stories” and try to substantiate, source or otherwise corroborate themselves by quoting from each other in a big, cannibalistic f**kfest of lies intended to drive web traffic. Your site wouldn’t be owned by them would it?

    • Football Talk

      July 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Just to step in for Fab4 here. I am the owner and administrator of Football-Talk and can assure you we are not owned by or are part of any group or company. We are an independant website build by my own fair hands.

      I wrote this story, as you will notice at the top of the article, and Fab4 is one of our many contributors.

      We try and provide news about the premiership’s top clubs and transfer news is of great interest to football fans. Metro.co.uk may not be a top source, but at least we provide sources and not just make the stories up ourselves.

      Transfer gossip should always be taken with a pinch of salt and it’s up to the individual to believe it or not, but please don’t look into things so deeply in the future.

  18. Lloyd

    July 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I heard he signed for Liverpool this AM

  19. yido

    July 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    yes theres banter an there stupidness the arsenal fan who has gone about them being in champs league for 10 years, yes well done, arsenal have played some of the best football the prem league has seen,
    ok were not as great but if your going to try an be smart an say our stadium is double yours then get it right, i dint know arsenal had a 72,000 seater. you pathetic gooner mug

  20. davspurs

    July 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Lets be honest why would Cole sit on our bench he would get in the Arsole Team but not in ours so let the 29 year old go to them they no how to handle ageing players like Sol. We have some exciting Kids coming through and he will slow there development down .

  21. Chunky

    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Thank God! I thought we were going to be landed with this no-hoper…..

  22. paul bishop

    July 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

    cole is not the player he was years ago cnt b that gud as fabio wudnt even start him anyway thnk aquilani will av a better season and wud try that maboo on the flanks as he has blistering pace defo 1 2 watch and will end up a lot better than cole

  23. Anto b lfc

    July 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

    This the word from theinside. The man inside
    would like all commuinicatons to sees on the
    negative and look towards the genuine
    articales . Joe cole is very close to Liverpool
    on th recamendations of 4 top lfc players
    the deal is caught up on a small hitch and should be
    esolved soon as for torress my no one he tells
    me he will b playing were he beloved is his
    true calling you’ll never walk alone……fact
    I can’t say who I am but I work close to it all
    and can’t stand by watching uncertinty suck
    everybody in …….stay tuned for a breaking
    story tomorrow lunchtime

  24. Gunner38

    July 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Whoever Dave is. Ur a legend m8, just sumd up what every gooner wanted to say to every Yid after they got in 2 that crappy qualifiyng round. Just swallow it you bunch of no hopers uve never been bigger than us and you never will be. Roll on next season, theres something very special coming our way, i can feel it, weev worked hard the last 5 years and almost shut everyone up and won the leauge twice with a crocked squad, now its time to show everyone how big Arsenal really is. Cmon you Red and White Army!

  25. Gunner38

    July 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Oh and in those 5 years weev finished above you spurs wankers every time!

  26. BrizzleSpur

    July 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm


    Dave:

    In reply to the spud who was frying why they don’t have the money we do, try ten yrs in the CL, 10 plus trophies over the last 10 yrs , yes believe it or not the history of football stretches back further than 5 yrs, or how about double the size stadium, there’s your answer, you numpty never for a second you are anywhere near our prestigious club, you may be in cl (qualifiers) but 1 swallow doesn’t make it summer! For the record I’d rather us sign ozil.

    Heres an idea. If you have a point to make, try not sounding so hate filled and maybe that girl you like will let you touch her boobies.
    Spanked ya good at the lane, qualified for CL and have a new stadium on the way. All in good time friend.
    ANYWAY
    I cant imagine arsenal signing J.Cole for any other reason than to actually have another ENGLISHMAN at the emirates. And there are far cheaper, lucrative options than that.
    Im not fussed about Spurs signing him, but if he were to actually sign for footballing factors, Spurs would be a better choice.

    • Fab4

      July 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      Haha, that did make me laugh. “if he were to actually sign for footballing factors, Spurs would be a better choice” – classic stuff.

      Yeah your right BrizzleSpur, Tottenham are by far the better choice if it comes down to footballing factors. Nice to see the Spuds are as deluded as ever.

  27. Damian

    July 9, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I don,t know where he is going but as an Arsenal fan 4 30 years i know where he isn,t going and thats to Arsenal

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