Defoe wants Cole at Spurs
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder is a free agent after his contract with Chelsea expired this summer, and the diminutive striker would welcome his arrival at White Hart Lane, having been impressed by Cole as the pair trained together with England at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Defoe told Sky Sports News: "When we were in South Africa, [you could see] every day his passion and his drive to want to improve.
"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 UEFA Champions League football at Spurs, with the club facing a two-legged play-off next month to reach the group phase after finishing fourth in the Premier League last season.
"That's massive for everyone at the club, I'm really looking forward to that, it's really early in the season," said Defoe. "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."