The Metro, amongst others, are fervently discussing the possibility of Joe Cole making a loan move to Loftus Road.
Cole, 29, is being linked with a move to QPR after so far failing to nail down a regular starting berth at Liverpool. He was signed under Roy Hodgson on a free transfer but struggled for form. Now under Dalglish’s stewardship, Cole does not appear to be in favour and could be set for a move away from Anfield.
One club who is certainly in need of reinforcements is a fresh look QPR. Now that the takeover dust has settled, Tony Fernandes is willing to bankroll some signings for Warnock he said he hadn’t even dreamed of chasing previously. While Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips have been heavily linked, the priority appears to be one time England regular Joe Cole.
A potential sticking point could be the wages and how much of a contribution QPR will pay, as they will certainly not be able to afford Cole’s £90,000 p/w pay packet. Neil Warnock has said;
“We can probably afford 30 or 40 per cent of his wages now. The chairman knows all my targets and we are discussing them”
Before the takeover, this would not have been possible. QPR’s wage structure would not allow even 40% of the wages to be paid for. However, thanks to the relieving takeover from Fernandes, The Hoops can push on and make themselves a force in the Premier League.
There is no doubt Joe Cole would be an immense signing for QPR. If Warnock could unlock the ability that is stored inside the Joe Cole we know and love then he could be signing of the season. Hopefully for QPR’s sake it doesn’t go the same way as Stephen Ireland’s transfer did to Aston Villa.
What do you think of Joe Cole? Would he be a great signing for QPR or a toothless, expensive flop?
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