Joe Cole returns to West Ham

Updated: January 4, 2013

Joe Cole completed a return to West Ham from Liverpool on Friday after signing an 18-month contract with the club where he began his career.

Cole signed with Liverpool from Chelsea in 2010, but the move failed to work
out for the Reds, who loaned Cole to French side Lille for a year.

The former England international returned to Liverpool under new manager
Brendan Rodgers, but after making 42 appearances for the Reds, including only
nine starts in the Premiership, Cole is pleased to be heading back to Upton

“It is a great move for me,” said Cole of his return to West Ham. “Coming back
here brings back all the memories of the pitches I learned how to play on.
This is where I learned my trade, and I’m happy to have another chance to be

“I’ve always loved West Ham and I hope I can give the club a few memorable

Cole was named the 2003 Hammer of the Year and won the 1999 FA Youth Cup as a
member of West Ham.