Upton Park side keen on bringing back Stamford Bridge star.
Speculation is rife that West Ham may win the race to sign soon to be out of contract England man Joe Cole this summer. The Chelsea man has been linked with moves to all manner of Europe’s elite from Manchester United to Liverpool but news that he may be considering a return to Upton Park is something of a shock to say the least.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have hinted at the prospect of bringing in a wealth of new talents whist also announcing that everyone at the club has a price tag, except Scott Parker. Joe Cole is of course a Hammers legend who’s move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2003, a move that the Paddington born player didn’t push for.
The adaptable attacker still gets a great reception every time he finds himself playing against his former side, unlike Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard, and whilst a move back to east London may seem something of a surprise perhaps Cole believes the club is on the verge of something of a renaissance and would at least be moving to a club where he is more than likely to be an automatic first choice, something he can not seem to achieve under Carlo Ancelotti.
The lack of first team football has seen the 28 year old slip down the England pecking order and has left Cole with no choice but to look for a new challenge and perhaps the chance to return to Upton Park will be something he finds to tempting to turn down?
Clearly Messrs Gold and Sullivan would have to make a huge pay offer to entice Cole but anyone thinking that such a move is highly unlikely may want to reconsider given the manner in which West Ham tempted Argentine pair Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the club not to long ago.