Liverpool flop Joe Cole might get another opportunity to resurrect his career elsewhere as his boyhood club West Ham United are looking to take him on board, according to reports from The Daily Star.
The 30-year-old was signed by then Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson in 2010 on a three-year-contract. While his talents were never a doubt but anticipations grew whether he could at all be the same player again, after recurrent injuries knuckled him down for several years.
And the worst fears came true for Liverpool. He was just a shadow of the player he used to be at West Ham or even at Chelsea. Quite naturally, he was sent on loan last season to French side Lille where he impressed. But, upon returning back, he has only disappointed his new manager.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager was critical of him and blasted publicly after his dull and lacklustre performance against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup. Against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala last week in the Europa League tie, he wasn’t impressive either and was greeted with smattering of boos from the away supporters.
However, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is ready to revive his career and is looking to bring him at Upton Park on a loan basis.
A source said: “It’s obviously not happening for Joe at Liverpool and being given the chance to get back to his best at West Ham would be ideal.
“Sam’s squad isn’t as strong as it might be so a move would suit both parties in the short term.”
Liverpool will be the happiest party here if the deal takes place. The club is desperate to see the back of him but his hefty wage is proving to be the only obstacle in selling him. Cole can kick start his career again while West Ham can still get the best out him, who knows?