Anfield man on his way back to Upton Park?
JOE COLE may be offered an escape route from his Liverpool hell – by boyhood club West Ham.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is said to be keen on exploring a loan deal to bring Cole to Upton Park in the January transfer window.
Struggling Cole, 30, was hauled off by critical Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers in the second half of the midweek Europa League defeat against Anzhi Makhachkala.
Rodgers has lost faith in Cole and even publicly blasted him for a poor performance against Swansea in the Capital One Cup.
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This may be a deal that suits all concerned though it’s worth pointing out that the form shown by the 30 year old midfielder may well negate West Ham’s interest in their former charge.
The former England regular has had a miserable time of it since his move to Liverpool, which began ominously enough with a red card in his first Premier League game for the Anfield side.
The Londoner clearly has little or no future at Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t demand a king’s ransom for the former Chelsea man, indeed they would probably only ask for a fee of around £3m as the benefit of seeing the player’s salary wiped off the balance sheet is probably an issue the Anfield side would love to resolve.
Cole enjoyed a season long loan spell at the Stade Metropole side last term, making 42 appearances in all competitions and helping Rudi Garcia’s side to secure a Champions League berth.
Joe Cole has played just 32 minutes of Premier League football this season and it doesn’t look likely he will play all that more often after his shocking display against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup defeat last month.
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