Tottenham target: Joe Cole will return from the World Cup to talks with Harry Redknapp
Redknapp is looking to boost his squad ahead of their first-ever Champions League campaign and is a long-time admirer of Cole who looks set to leave Chelsea for free this summer after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
And he revealed: 'Yes, I am prepared to declare my interest in Joe Cole. Why not? He is a great player, his contract is up and he is on a free transfer.
'When he returns from the World Cup I would love to talk to him about coming to Spurs.'
Redknapp initially wrote off any hopes he had of signing a player he managed at Upton Park for three years until 2001 when revealing: 'Someone's going to make a great free transfer, if he doesn't stay at Chelsea - I genuinely don't know who that is. I don't think it's going to be Tottenham.
'I've got a feeling, I may be wrong, that he's already agreed a deal with someone. I'm not saying if he hadn't agreed a deal with someone and he was available and didn't stay at Chelsea that we wouldn't be interested.
'I'm a big fan of Joe's, but the feedback we've had is that he might well have already done something.'
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Liverpool and Manchester United were the early front runners to sign the England midfielder but recent reports suggest Arsenal have emerged as favourites.
Redknapp is also believed to be interested in signing Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and is ready to offer Robbie Keane and £10m in cash for the 23-year-old who has netted 51 goals in 175 games for the Villans.
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