Joe Cole makes West Ham return on free transfer

Joe Cole struggled to make an impact at Liverpool. Photo: PA

Joe Cole's return to boyhood club West Ham on a free transfer from Liverpool has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old has signed an 18-month contract at Upton Park to end a miserable spell at Anfield.

Cole told his new club's official website www.whufc.com: "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."