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Cole Returns To Hammers

Joe Cole has signed for boyhood club West Ham on a free transfer from Liverpool.

The 31-year-old, who has penned an 18-month contract, will hope to revive his career after a disappointing spell on Merseyside.

Cole told the Hammers' official website: "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 graduated through West Ham's youth ranks, becoming a fan-favourite before departing for Chelsea in 2003.

He won eight major trophies with the Blues, including three Premier League titles, and was named in the Professional Footballers Association team of the year in 2006.

But after joining Liverpool as a free agent, his fortunes dipped, prompting a loan spell at Lille last term.

Cole, capped 56 times for England, scored nine goals in 42 outings for the French side before returning to Anfield. However, he failed to win the favour of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

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