Bookmakers Paddy Power have stopped taking betting on Joe Cole’s next club following a flood of bets on the ex-Chelsea player moving to Liverpool.
Liverpool had been available at odds of 11/2 to be Cole’s next club on Saturday morning but was backed into just 7/4 after punters piled large amounts on him joining the Reds. Betting was suspended when slashing of odds failed to stem the tide of bets.
Tottenham had been the bookies’ favourite since betting opened, but the Liverpool plunge was the first significant move in the market.
Paddy Power said: “We’ve raised the white flag and it looks like good news for Liverpool fans. It was a very quiet market that suddenly sprang to life and scores of bets were placed one after the other at all odds between 11/2 and 7/4. Money usually talks in markets like this and it’s shouting louder than a vuvuzela!”
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson admitted yesterday that he had spoken to Cole.
He said: “As far as I know, Joe Cole is still a player looking for a club. I know we’ve been connected with him, and it’s good to know we’re connected with players of that quality, but I don’t have anything to report on the subject.
“I haven’t had any discussions with him, but I had a brief chat a while back.”
He added that any further discussions with Cole would be the responsibility of Christian Purslow.