He's coming home! Kop flop Cole set to chose West Ham over old boss Harry at QPR
14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013
15:06 GMT, 2 January 2013
West Ham are confident they can beat QPR to the permanent signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, and want him back at Upton Park in time for the weekend FA Cup tie with Manchester United.
The midfielder has endured a torrid two and a half years since leaving Chelsea, and was farmed out on a season-long loan deal to Lille last season.
Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole
He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.
Sources at Liverpool are hopeful a deal can be agreed for the severance from the 18 months left on Cole's 90,000-per-week deal. If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday.
Last week, Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in luring the former England international to Loftus Road
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'I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a
player and as a person,' said Redknapp, of the player who have him his
competitive debut in 1998. 'I’d like to bring Joe here if I can but the
deal would have to be right for the club.
'We couldn’t do a deal as it [Cole’s
wages] is at Liverpool. I’ll have to speak to Brendan Rodgers. We’ll
have a chat when the time’s right.'
But now the Hammers, Cole's first
club, have jumped ahead of their London rivals in the race for a player
with 56 international caps to his name.
The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.
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