Harry Redknapp believes he and Tottenham can offer Joe Cole the perfect environment to breathe fresh life into a career which stalled at Chelsea.
Redknapp is hoping to sign the England international on a free transfer following his release by Chelsea at the end of the last Premier League season.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and former club West Ham United have also been linked with moves for the 28-year-old midfielder.
However, Redknapp believes Spurs would be the best choice for a player he previously worked with during his time at the helm of the Hammers.
"I managed Joe before and I signed him when he was 11," he told Soccernet.
"We have always had a good relationship. 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 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."
Redknapp pledged his own future to the north London club on Tuesday after putting pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at White Hart Lane until summer 2013.