Joe Cole to get 3m pay-off from Liverpool before joining West Ham

Cole nets whopping 3m pay-off from Liverpool ahead of switch to West Ham

By
Sami Mokbel and John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 3 January 2013

Joe Cole will join West Ham this week after Liverpool agreed to hand the former England midfielder a 3million pay-off.

Cole snubbed his former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp’s relegation battle at QPR, agreeing to rejoin his boyhood club on a free transfer instead. Cole was given his senior debut by Redknapp at West Ham in 1999.

Cole's the goal: West Ham have beaten QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

Cole's the goal: West Ham have beaten QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

The QPR boss said on Wednesday night:
‘I was going to take Joe but he is West Ham through and through, so I
understand. He is going back home so I wish him all the best.

‘Joe is the only player I tried to get and I thought he was coming, but West Ham came in and that was it.’

Still got it: Cole scored on his last outing at Upton Park, in December

Still got it: Cole scored on his last outing at Upton Park, in December

Still got it: Cole scored on his last outing at Upton Park, in December

Cole had 18 months remaining on his
90,000-a-week Liverpool contract, so the Anfield club have still saved
around 4m by paying him off early.

The 31-year-old had a medical on Wednesday night and could play in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Cole 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.

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.

The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.

Hammers midfielder Sebastian Lletget welcomed the club's move for Cole.
He tweeted: 'Training with my man Joe Cole today, top player, looking forward to it whufc coyi.'

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

COULD THESE HAMMERS HAMMER EVERYONE

With Joe Cole returning to Upton Park, we are reminded of the West Ham squad that could have been had players such as Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Javier Mascherano developed to display the level of skill and class we see today.

And with strikers like Carlos Tevez and Jermain Defoe, we may even have seen more than the 26 goals that West Ham have scored this season.

With the majority of the moves going to domestic clubs, West Ham have been constantly reminded of their errors by the goals and performances of former players.

Also with the departure of Demba Ba and Scott Parker more recently, it is clear they haven't learned their lesson.

Although the Hammers racked up a sum total of over 50m by selling their big names, we have to ask: was it was all worth it

Rio Ferdinand 18,000,000 – 2000

Frank Lampard 11,000,000 – 2001

Glen Johnson 6,000,000 – 2003

Joe Cole 6,600,000 – 2003

Jermain Defoe 7,000,000 – 2004

Michael Carrick 2,750,000 – 2004

Javier Mascherano – 2008

Carlos Tevez – 2009

Craig Bellamy 14,000,000 – 2009

Demba Ba Free – 2011

Scott Parker 6,000,000 – 2011