Redknapp tells Cole to put football ahead of wages

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has called on Joe Cole to put football before his pay packet as the former Chelsea midfielder weighs up what could be the defining decision of a disappointing career up until now.

Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are all reported to be interested in signing the 28-year-old who is available on a free transfer. However, the England international’s wage demands are blocking any possible deal.

Cole is alleged to have declined Liverpool’s offer of £80,000 per week insisting that he will only sign for the Reds if he receives the same £120,000 a week salary as club captain Steven Gerrard.

Redknapp, however, has called on the former West Ham star to forget about his bank balance and instead worry about reigniting his on field career.

‘I managed Joe before, and I signed him when he was 11,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail. ‘I know what makes Joe tick and it's his love of the game, and his need to be playing it. That is what I am offering him. I have spoken with Joe at length and I would like him, and, when we talked, he appreciated my view that Tottenham is now a club going places.’

‘I would like Joe here with me, but it is now up to the club and up to Joe, his agent and his dad, and our chairman. He is talking to them to try to do a deal. If it is beyond us in financial terms I can appreciate that but I am hoping other factors will come into play to make up Joe's mind.’

It remains to be seen if Cole will choose to join a club which offers him first team football or the one which offers him the most dough.

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