Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Manchester United may have already struck a deal for Joe Cole.
The 28-year-old will not have his Chelsea contract renewed this summer and a number of clubs have been chasing his signature.
Redknapp has confirmed that he would love to see the midfielder move to Spurs, while Arsenal and United are also thought to be trailing the England international.
But while Redknapp wants Cole at White Hart Lane, he thinks the Red Devils may have already won the race to sign him.
"I've got a feeling that it might have been done (for Cole to join United)," he said.
"It wouldn't surprise me in the least. Joe's not wanted to speak to anybody and his people have been saying 'let's get the World Cup out of the way first'.
"But we'd be interested for sure. I like Joe."
Cole has been the subject of much debate in recent days as he has yet to make an appearance for England in this summer's World Cup.
Former Three Lions captain John Terry questioned why Cole was not in the team in a press conference at the weekend, and has since apologised to manager Fabio Capello.