Joe Cole completes signing in time

By Giles Broadbent on January 4, 2013 10:31 AM |

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West Ham have completed the free transfer of Joe Cole from Liverpool - in time for the midfielder to face Manchester Utd in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The 31-year-old rejoins the club that gave him a start in 1999 - and may be a replacement for Mohamed Diame who is attracting interest from QPR.

Cole said: "Sam [Allardyce] didn't have to sell me the club for me to come back. I've always loved West Ham and I hope I can give the club a few memorable seasons.

"It's a great move for me. This is where I learnt my trade and I'm happy to have another chance to be here."

The big draw was the possibility of match time, which out-of-favour Cole failed to gain at Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool. It is a plight he suffered with Andy Carroll, who also found a bolthole at the Boleyn Ground.

"I'm going to need games to get back to my best, but I want to play football and come here and help the team to make an impact.

"I feel like I owe the club a little bit as well because if it wasn't for West Ham I wouldn't be a footballer. This club's great youth-team coaches taught me the trade.

"Everywhere I go around the world, people love West Ham. Everywhere I go, people know me for starting here."

He joins striker Sean Maguire, 18, from Irish side Waterford Utd on the list of signings the club has made so far.