Cole completes West Ham return from Liverpool

Joe Cole has completed his move to first club West Ham United after leaving Liverpool on a free transfer, Sky Sports has confirmed.

Cole has signed an 18-month contract at Upton Park, nine-and-a-half years after leaving the Hammers to join Chelsea. Cole is to wear the No. 26 shirt, the same number he wore in his previous spell with the club, in which he played more than 100 games but could not prevent relegation in his final season before moving to Stamford Bridge.

The former England midfielder spent seven years as a Chelsea player, winning the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup three times and the League Cup twice. After the 2010 World Cup Cole left Chelsea on a free transfer, signing for Liverpool under Roy Hodgson, the current England manager.

Having failed to establish himself at Anfield Cole made a loan move to Lille in France’s Ligue 1, spending a season on the other side of the English Channel before returning to Merseyside last summer. Cole was unable to force his way into Brendan Rodgers plans, making sporadic appearances, playing 11 times and scoring twice in all competitions. His last Liverpool goal came against West Ham just before Christmas.

Cole said: “It is a great move for me. Coming back here brings back all the memories of the pitches I learnt how to play on. 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.

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