QPR look to offer season-long loan for Liverpool ace

Both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror are reporting that Liverpool’s Joe Cole is a loan target for QPR.

Cole’s has endured a miserable time on Merseyside since his arrival last year, when he was deemed transfer coup of the summer, arriving for free. However his continued loss of form and injury woes hampered his Anfield career, leading him to make only nine Premier League starts in the whole season, featuring far less post-Christmas under new manager Kenny Dalglish.

QPR manager Neil Warnock is a known admirer of the 29-year old former England international and, having already signed Jay Bothroyd and KieronDyer on free transfers this summer, capturing Cole in a loan deal would represent very good business for the London club.

A major stumbling block on any loan deal will be Cole’s wages, with the former Chelsea man thought to be collecting around £90,000 a-week – something which Liverpool are keen to remove off their wage bill. If QPR are to take Cole on loan, Liverpool would be reluctant to continue paying the majority of his huge wage, so a compromise would have to be found. But QPR, as Premier League new boys, may be unable to meet such demands.

Cole’s former club West Ham United are also said to be interested in bringing him back to where he made his name, however the prospect of remaining in the top flight may sway him in favour of QPR, whilst Tottenham also wait in the wings.

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