GUARDIAN – Joe Cole having medical at West Ham ahead of move from Liverpool

• Cole expected to complete return to former club• Started just nine Premier League games since 2010Liverpool’s Joe Cole is understood to be undergoing a medical at West Ham United ahead of his proposed return to the club where he began his career.Cole has started just nine Premier League games since he swapped Chelsea for Liverpool in the summer of 2010.The midfielder has played the majority of his games with the Reds in cup competitions and was sent out on loan to Lille last season.The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers deemed the 31-year-old surplus to requirements when he took over last summer and Cole is keen to go back to Upton Park, where he began his career back in 1994.Joe ColeLiverpoolWest Ham UnitedTransfer windowguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Joe Cole to return to West Ham with a £3m pay-off

• Cole was earning £92,000 a week at Anfield• Midfielder rejoins his first club at the age of 31Joe Cole is set to end his unhappy spell at Liverpool by returning to his first club, West Ham United. “I’m not sure if a deal has been totally agreed. I know there have been talks,” said Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rodgers.Queens Park Rangers’ manager, Harry Redknapp, who managed Cole at West Ham, said he had tried to sign the 31-year-old former England player but that the player was heading for the Hammers.It has been reported that Cole will receive a £3m pay-off from Liverpool. His four-year contract on Merseyside is worth £92,000 a week and Liverpool said they will save about £4m by paying Cole to leave now, given that the last 18 months of his deal is worth about £7m.If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday. Cole left Chelsea on a free in 2010 after a successful seven-year spell but failed to make an impact at Anfield and spent last season on loan at Lille in France. The last of his 56 England caps was also in 2010.Cole began his career at West Ham but angered fans of the east London club when moving across the capital to Chelsea after the Hammers were relegated.Joe ColeWest Ham UnitedLiverpoolguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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METRO – Joe Cole undergoes medical ahead of dream return to West Ham

On the move: Joe Cole is set to return to former club West Ham (Picture: Getty) Joe Cole looks set to rejoin his first club West Ham, dashing the hopes of QPR who were hoping to sign him from Liverpool. The 31-year-old England international midfielder has failed to establish himself at Anfield, after moving there from Chelsea in the summer of 2010, and spent last season on loan at French club Lille. QPR boss Harry Redknapp gave Cole his first team debut for the Hammers in January 1999 and wanted to link up with him once again. Unfortunate: Joe Cole has struggled since joining Liverpool (Picture: AFP) But Cole is reportedly having a medical at Upton Park and could feature for West Ham in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United if a deal is completed before midday on Friday. He would be available on a free transfer because Liverpool are prepared to cancel his contract. Cole, who made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers during his first spell, has only started nine times in the Premier League for Liverpool, but not once under current manager Brendan Rodgers this season.

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METRO – Harry Redknapp: Joe Cole will only join QPR at the right price

Joe Cole has found his chances at Liverpool limited (Picture: Daily Mail) QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to bring out-of-favour midfielder Joe Cole to the club in January, but only if a cut-price deal can be struck with Liverpool. The Hoops are currently rock bottom of the Premier League, eight points adrift of safety and are strong favourites for the drop. But Redknapp has highlighted Cole, to whom he gave his first-team debut as a youngster at West Ham, as a player who can help transform Rangers’ fortunes, but insists the deal must be right for both parties. ‘I have got a lot of time for Joe as a player and a person,’ said the QPR boss. ‘He is a good lad to have around your football club – a good player. ‘I would like to bring Joe here if we could but the deal has to be right for the club.’ Harry Redknapp has been unimpressed with the high wage bill at Loftus Road (Picture: Reuters) Redknapp recently hit out at QPR’s high-earning players and criticised his predecessor Mark Hughes for his free-spending attitude, saying the club’s owners previously had their ‘pants taken down’ with inflated transfer fees and agent costs. But the former Spurs manager insisted that wouldn’t be the case with Cole, who is reportedly receiving around £100,000-a-week at Anfield. ‘We couldn’t do a deal for what his contract is at Liverpool. We would have to look at doing a deal with Liverpool if they are willing to let him go,’ Redknapp added. ‘I will have to speak to [Liverpool manager] Brendan (Rodgers) when the time is right and see what he has to say.’

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