There's nothing to suggest that there's any truth in the rumours that we want Rio and JC back, but on the basis that there's no smoke without fire, they may just appear in Claret and Blue some time in January.
Personally, I believe that would be a grave error. We have enough experience in the team, what we need is pace on the flanks, and Rio is not going to offer that is he? I can see the argument that Rio paired with Winston Reid might offer the ideal combination of experience and pace down the centre of the defence, but that ignores the fitness problems that Ferdinand has experienced in recent years and the huge salary he would command. Why shell out £100,000 a week for somebody who is likely to spend game after game on the treatment table?
As for Joe Cole, his number is up. Was he ever as good as Redknapp claimed? If so, he has underachieved horribly. Or was he really an illusionist, a player possessing a bag full of tricks but who offered very little when it came to the real deal, competing at the highest level in football?
I suspect it was the latter. Redknapp talked him up too much and Cole believed his own hype. but honestly, try to remember "great moments" in a career stretching back 13 years now and you will probably come up with no more than ten.
Nostalgia is all very well providing it doesn't cost you anything. We have already brought Collins and Benayoun home and that's enough old boys for now. It is time to look to the future, not look back, and to find hungry young players with a future ahead of them, not fattened old cart horses looking for a pleasant pasture in which to herald in their retirement.