Harry Redknapp has admitted Joe Cole is on top of his list of January transfer target.
The QPR boss worked with the England midfielder at West Ham.
And now with Rangers fighting against relegation and Cole frozen out of the first team at Anfield, Redknapp wants to do a deal with Liverpool to bring him back to London.
"I have got a lot of time for Joe as a player and a person," he said. "Good lad to have around your football club - a good player. Joe is interesting for me - I would like to bring Joe here if we could but the deal has to be right for the club. We couldn't do a deal for what his contract is at Liverpool.
"We would have to look at doing a deal with Liverpool if they are willing to let him go. I will have to speak to Brendan (Rogers) when the time is right and see what he has to say."
Cole moved to Anfield on a free transfer in 2010 on £90,000-a-week.
Meanwhile Redknapp described West Ham's Momo Diame as "a very good player" and Marseille striker Loic Remy a "top player" - but doubted if they could be lured to Loftus Road.
"I have got a list of names - players I would like to try and get," said Redknapp, who takes his Hoops to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night (Wednesday). Actually getting them is not easy. It is all about value, prices and everything else.
re: January 2013 Transfer Window (Soon to be featuring Crazy Jim & Sexy Natalie)
QPR, to me, seem like when you get your mate to play Footy Manager for the first time and he hasn't got a clue. He goes a club with a bit of money thinking he's smart when you tell him he can't go anyone stupid, and then he buys as many players as he can and then if someone isn't performing, he buys someone else in their position.
I don't think it's Harry's fault, if he's offered 20 million then he will take it and spend it to create His team. What he needs to do is to create a spine of the team and build around it though, currently it's a shambles. Mark Hughes, what a bad manager.