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West Ham Boss to Challenge QPR for Liverpool Flop Joe Cole

by Dan Kilpatrick

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Sam Allardyce admits he would be interested in bringing Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole to West Ham United on a loan deal in January.

Allardyce has already signed Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a season-long loan deal, and the Hammers boss would be interested in a similar move for the England international.

“My chairmen extended as much money as they possibly could in August – and went beyond it,” said Allardyce.

“Whether they can find any more or not is something I will discuss with them in the near future.

“I think if there is a chance [of bringing Cole back to Upton Park], it would be more on the terms of a loan, than on a permanent deal for the player.”

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp also hinted at a possible move for Cole on Friday, with the Hoops boss a keen admirer of the playmaker.

“I’ve always liked Joe,” said Redknapp.

“I signed him as an 11-year-old, no-one knows Joe better than me. I still think he’s got the talent and there’s a top player in there.

“I like him very much as a person as well as a player, but I’ve not made any enquiries for Joe or for anyone at the moment.”

SOURCE: The Sport Review

This will be music to the ears of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Two weeks ago, the Northern Irishman must have been wondering how on earth he was going to get rid of flop Joe Cole in January. Now Rodgers must be licking his lips at the prospect of at least two suitors for the midfielder, after both West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and QPR’s Harry Redknapp declared their interest.

For Cole, the chance to return to London and end his Anfield hell must be appealing. The former Chelsea winger has been plagued by poor form and injury since moving to Merseyside and was loaned out to Ligue 1 outfit Lille last season.

West Ham, who are comfortably midtable and even looking capable of pushing for Europe, could prove a more appealing option for Cole than a reunion with Redknapp at struggling QPR, although it’ll be no easy task to get in the Hammers first-team, with £10.75m signing Matt Jarvis and Yossi Benayoun on good form at present.

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