West Ham complete signing of Liverpool’s Joe Cole

09:36 04 January 2013

Liverpool

Liverpool's Joe Cole does not celebrate his goal (his sides second goal) with Jonjo Shelvey (right). Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Transfer News: Joe Cole’s return to boyhood club West Ham on a free transfer from Liverpool has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old has signed an 18-month contract at Upton Park to end a miserable spell at Anfield.

Cole told his new club’s official website www.whufc.com: “It is a great move for me. This is where I learnt my trade and I’m happy to have another chance to be here. I’ve always loved West Ham and I hope I can give the club a few memorable seasons.”

Cole emerged from the club’s academy to sign professional terms in 1998 and helped them win the FA Youth Cup the following year, becoming a firm fans’ favourite before leaving for Chelsea in 2003, when he became one of their first signings following Roman Abramovich’s takeover of the club.

There, he won eight major trophies including three Premier League titles, was named in the Professional Footballers Association team of the year in 2006 and has won 56 full England caps.

But after joining Liverpool as a free agent, he was sent off on his Premier League debut and missed a penalty in his next appearance, a Europa League qualifying match against Trabzonspor. The poor start set the tone for a Reds career hampered by form and fitness problems and he was allowed to spend last season on loan at Lille.

He scored nine goals in 42 appearances for the French club and will have the opportunity to further rebuild his career at the club where he first made his name.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest West Ham news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
West Ham United's Diafra Sakho celebrates after he scored the opening goal of the game for his side during the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

West Ham’s summer holidays will be cut short with the news that they have officially qualified for next season’s Europa League.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
West Ham ratings

It was a season of two halves for West Ham which ultimately ended in Sam Allardyce leaving the club just three minutes after the final whistle at Newcastle. Here are how we rated the Hammers’ players this season.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Marcelo Bielsa   (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa appeared to give an emotional goodbye speech to France after their final games of the season at the weekend.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rafael Benitez, head coach of Napoli (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

West Ham’s managerial search looks to have suffered a setback with the news that Rafael Benitez is “99 per cent” certain to be the next Real Madrid coach.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Michael Laudrup former manager of Swansea City   (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

West Ham and Newcastle are both monitoring former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup as their managerial hunt continues.

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more

Don't Miss...

West Ham Transfer News

Chelsea's Petr Cech attempts a save against Arsenal  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The season is almost over, with the FA Cup final bringing the curtain down next weekend, so clubs all around the capital, country and Europe are now looking at summer transfer deals. Here is our handy Tuesday round-up.

Read more
Jackson Martinez of FC Porto battles with Dante and Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Premier League season is over but silly season has just begun. Here are the latest transfer rumours from around the web.

Read more
Gonzalo Higuain and Rafa Benitez

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain reportedly had a furious confrontation with manager Rafa Benitez after their 3-1 defeat to Juventus on Saturday.

Read more
Arturo Vidal of Juventus FC celebrates (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

The latest transfer news and gossip on the final day of the Premier League season.

Read more
Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon  (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

The latest transfer news and rumours heading into the final weekend of the Premier League season.

Read more