Hammers fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are still enjoying their impressive victory over Norwich City on Tuesday when news breaks from BBC Sport that Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is set to join the club on a permanent deal.
The report has sent a wave of excitement across the bar after the 31-year-old travelled to London to undertake a medical with Sam Allardyce’s side after the Reds accepted an offer for the former England international.
Cole, of course, started his career at Upton Park working his way up the youth ranks before moving to Chelsea in 2003 for £6.6 million but his career has gone stale after fine spell with the Blues.
He has struggled at Anfield after the two changes of management and with some poor form not helping his case, Cole spent last season on loan at French club Lille while having only made six appearances so far this campaign.
The news was a shock to QPR manager Harry Redknapp who was also hopeful of landing the midfielder. The Hoops boss said: “I love Joe, I signed him when he was 11-years-old at West Ham and I spoke to him, he was keen to come. But West Ham came in at the last moment and obviously it was difficult because they are his club.”
If all goes to plan Cole will back featuring in claret and blue by Friday.