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Defoe desperate for Cole to seal move to Tottenham

Jermain Defoe would love England team-mate Joe Cole to join him at Tottenham next season.

Cole, 28, is a free agent after his contract with Chelsea expired this summer and Defoe would welcome his arrival at White Hart Lane, having been impressed by Cole as the pair trained together with England during their ill-fated World Cup attempt.

"When we were in South Africa (you could see) every day his passion and his drive to want to improve," said Defoe.

"In training he was sharp and he was strong, he just loves football -- that's Joe. So, if we could get someone like that at the club, it would be good for everyone."

One attraction for Cole would be the prospect of Champions League football at Spurs -- the club faces a two-legged play-off next month to reach the group phase after finishing fourth in the Premier League last season.

Defoe added: "That's massive for everyone at the club. I'm really looking forward to that, it's really early in the season.

"We want to have a good run in the league as well. Last year was fantastic and I really think we can do it again."

Swansea have confirmed the departure of manager Paulo Sousa.

The 39-year-old Portuguese has now been linked with the managerial vacancy at fellow Championship club Leicester City.

The Foxes are seeking a successor to Nigel Pearson, who quit the club to join Hull. A statement read: "Swansea can confirm that Paulo Sousa has left the club by mutual consent."