Tottenham tracking Cole developments at Chelsea

Chelsea winger Joe Cole is being linked with Tottenham.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said: "I like football, so I know everything about Joe Cole. He is perfect to play behind the strikers, the same position as Frank Lampard, for example.

"He can also play on the left or the right and, when he's well, I want to try this. He is very good at playing in a small space and is a good dribbler. I will wait until he's recovered from injury and then try him."

But the Daily Mail says Cole is still three weeks away from action after more knee surgery last month. His contract runs out next year and talks on a new one have been delayed by Chelsea's US tour.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who nurtured Cole at West Ham, will watch events unfold with interest.