Joe Cole is aiming to persuade James Maddison to stay with Coventry City.
Joe Cole played for two of Tottenham Hotspur's London rivals, West Ham and Chelsea, and now he could prove an obstacle in their transfer plans.
The Times reported this week that Spurs are plotting to sign James Maddison, and are preparing to make a bid for him before the end of the transfer window, with the paper lauding him as the new Dele Alli.
Cole however is doing his utmost to keep him at Coventry, who he signed for from Aston Villa this season.
He wants Maddison to stay with the Sky Blues, believing it is the best thing for him. Here's what he told the Coventry Telegraph last week:
"James is one of many and I think the gaffer is doing a great job looking after him. We all like the next young star and he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s got a great attitude, is a good trainer and plays with no fear and he’s got a great future in the game.
“The best place for him at the moment is developing with Coventry. Nothing would give me more pleasure if in 18 months or two years time James develops into a top, top player and he thinks maybe Joe helped him even one per cent or half a per cent."
Tottenham however may have a trump card in another of Maddison's teammates, Ruben Lameiras, who up until last year was part of the Spurs academy and will be able to sell the club to him.
As they did with Dele Alli and MK Dons, Tottenham have the option of loaning Maddison back to Coventry, which may suit all parties and allow Coventry to continue their promotion fight relatively undisturbed.
Given Tottenham's clear commitment to giving young players chances, it would be extremely tough for Maddison to say no, despite Cole's attempts to persuade him otherwise, but that will not stop him trying.