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West Ham to launch loan bid for Cole

West Ham are ready to make an approach to take one of their old heroes, Joe Cole, back to Upton Park on loan from Liverpool.

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Cole joined the Hammers as a schoolboy and made his name at the club before moving to Chelsea in 2003 when West Ham were relegated from the Premier League.

A West Ham source told ESPNsoccernet: "It's a very long shot, but we are willing to have a go."

Owners David Gold and David Sullivan were willing to pay Cole a small fortune to return to the club before he opted to join Liverpool when he left Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer - that was again another "long shot" that didn't come off.

But the Hammers are ready to have another go with Cole unable to hold down a place in the Liverpool team, and the club about to embark on a spending spree in the January transfer window, which might give Cole even less of a chance of holding down a place at Anfield.

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