England midfielder Joe Cole could be set to end his nightmare spell at Liverpool to finally join Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £5 million.
The 29-year-old was heavily linked with Spurs last summer, but eventually chose to move to Anfield.
However, his spell with The Reds started with a straight red card on his league debut for Liverpool against Arsenal and then an extended spell on the sidelines following a hamstring injury.
Cole admitted: "It has been difficult this season.”
The England international was tipped to join up with former manager Harry Redknapp, who gave Cole his first league start, at White Hart Lane last summer.
But now after a turbulent season on Merseyside, which has included manager Roy Hodgson, who signed Cole, leaving the club, the winger might be looking for a way out, with Spurs the favourites for his signature.
Cole has been rarely called upon for England since his two substitute appearances in the World Cup in South Africa, and will be keen to reclaim his place in Fabio Capello's squad ahead of the European Championships in 2012.
Capello has maintained that he will only pick players that turn out regularly for their club, and with Cole out in the cold at Liverpool, his international future my hinge on any move this summer.
Redknapp himself is preparing a clear out at the end of the season in North with the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jonthan Woodgate all expected to move on.