Joe Cole said it was "surreal" to be returning to West Ham, ten years after he left the club. The midfielder has agreed an 18-month contract with the Hammers and said: "It is great to be back where I started and very surreal, walking out on pitches where I played when I was at under-13s."
Cole left the Hammers in 2003 just after they had been relegated to the Championship. "You want to come back and put things right," he said. "It is all about the club moving on, to consolidate in the Premier League, that is the main goal. The way they have played is brilliant."
Cole played at the last World Cup and hopes to get back in the England squad: "I need to get playing first, and probably will need three or four matches to get back to top level. I will always harbour those ambitions because I love playing for my country, but it will be down to performance."
Chelsea have completed the signing of striker Demba Ba from Newcastle. The Senegal international has had an impressive 18 months in the North-East and has now signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.
Ba told Chelsea's website: "When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that's something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one."
Another player on the move is former England international Joe Cole who has returned to West Ham from Liverpool. Cole began his career at the Hammers and said: "It is great to be back where I started and very surreal, walking out on pitches where I played when I was at under-13s."
The former England midfielder Joe Cole could be about to return to London, after he failed to establish a place in the first team at Liverpool. Cole could be set for a return to West Ham where he began his career though QPR are also said to be interested.
Cole joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2010 but has yet to start a Premier League game this season.