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Midfielder race hots up after Chelsea withdraw offer


By Football Talk.

The latest news coming out of Stamford Bridge is that Chelsea have withdrawn their contract offer to Joe Cole after giving up hope of keeping the England international, according to the Daily Star. Contract talks planned for the end of the season were cancelled, with club officials instead deciding to pull their offer from the table after Cole made it clear he was never going to sign the terms being offered by Chelsea.

Cole, 28, is now in a position where he can use the World Cup as a shop window to display his talents to the many clubs interested in his services. The playmaker is not making huge wage demands as previously reported, and his failure to commit to Chelsea is not financially driven. Instead, Cole was put-off by the one-year rolling contract that was offered and also feared he would not be a first-team regular under Carlo Ancelotti. After spending the majority of last season on the sidelines with a knee injury, Cole just wants to be playing football again and feels he wont get the opportunities under Ancelotti.

If the report is accurate, it will be a huge boost to the long-line of clubs fighting it out for his signature. Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Cole this week with some suggesting he had agreed a 3-year deal. Previously Manchester United were thought to be the front-runners for his signature, while Tottenham boss Harry Redkanpp has made his interest known. Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are also thought to be keen on snapping up Cole on a free transfer.

Would you like to see Joe Cole at your club?



  1. David Moore-Crouch

    June 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’d like to see him at Spurs. He offers good Champions League experience and has worked under Harry before. Just hope we can afford him.

  2. Fab4

    June 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

    He will be a great signing for whoever he ends up at. 28 so he’s a good age, plenty of experience at all levels, plus he’s a great player. Only worry is his injury record, so he will probably end up at Arsenal!

  3. jaygooner

    June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Joe Cole has definitely signed for someone, the intriguing thing is which club? Harry has ruled out Spurs, it definitely aint West Ham, Fulham cant afford him, so if he stays in London, its Arsenal. But…………Jose Mourinho gets on well with Cole, so maybe Real? He can easily commute between Madrid and London, thereby keeping his ties with family in London. Then again……Manchester aint that far away soooooooo maybe Fergie has seen an opportunity. Doubt its Man City though

    • Fab4

      June 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

      Everything does seem to be pointing to Arsenal. I can’t see Cole wanting to leave his newly born baby and family while he swans off to Madrid all the time. He couldn’t realistically commute to Manchester, it’s a 7hr round trip from London! So either he moves his family, which apparently he doesn’t want to do, or he’s going to Arsenal.

      He’s a London boy, maybe he wants a change, but i wont be surprised if he’s a Gooner next year.

    • Morgan

      June 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      ’cause Harry never tells small fibs at all! haha

  4. magnum

    June 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Maybe he wants to play along side with his country man, Rooney.

  5. Charles

    June 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    No. Harry has made his intentions known and if he wishes to go elsewhere..good luck to him. One thing is for sure,Spurs are on the way up with or without Joe.Personally i am more excited about Sandro’s arrival. At least we know he wants and is looking forward to playing for Spurs. This is the type of players that Spurs need.

  6. jaygooner

    June 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Spurs are going to have a nice day trip in Europe, then back to normal. Harry will bankrupt you pity really

  7. abe

    June 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I can see his wages being a big problem!. WOuld like to see that Croat Srna at Spurs but seems like he is off to Chelsea

  8. Acton_Yid

    June 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm


    >”Harry will bankrupt you pity really”

    Pity you know dick about footie really. What you suggest is virtually impossible as we are one of the best financially run clubs in the World (unlike your Goons).

    This is because we have the best insurance policy anywhere, his name is Daniel Levy…

    • Fab4

      June 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      @ Action_Yid

      You Spuds do make me laugh. Arsenal are the best financially run club, by some way. Not just in the premier league, but possibly europe. We make the most money, having built a world class stadium which is close to being paid off. Simple figures can’t even open Tottenham fans to reality. Sad really.

  9. delspurs

    June 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Fab4 arsenal’s stadium was built with borrowed money that’s why you never went in the transfer market because you had no money hence the flop in champs league and now fab’s going. YOU NEED THE MONEY……

    • Fab4

      June 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      And how exactly are you lot intending on paying for your fancy new stadium??? Obviously we have been skint for he last few years, as you will be when you build emirates part2!

      Arsenal are in superb financial shape, and certainly don’t need the money from selling fabs. Are tottenham fans so thick they don’t understand basic numbers? £35m profit last year, as well as paying off £100m of the stadium debt and all our property ventures are debt free. So every flat sold from now on is pure profit. It’s not that difficult to grasp!!!

      Can’t wait till your joker attempt at the emirates is built and see how you lot cope with the debt. Enjoy the champs league this year is my advise!

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