Five potential destinations for 'humiliated' West Ham star Joe Cole

We consider five potential destinations should Joe Cole decide to leave Upton Park in January.

Joe Cole appears ready to walk out on West Ham United after being subbed off at the weekend - after just 40 minutes.

The former England international is said to be furious and ‘humiliated’ at being pulled off by Sam Allardyce before half-time of the fixture with former club Chelsea - and is set to leave after just one year back in East London.

So who might take a risk on the 32-year-old now?

We take a look at five potential destinations for the attacking midfielder.


Harry Redknapp reared Cole as a youngster into a Premier League star - and has previously admitted a desire to work with him once again.

If Tony Fernandes was to sanction the wages for such a deal it would make perfect sense to see Cole at Loftus Road.

AS Monaco

A bit of an odd inclusion but not when you consider the variables - in particular who is the current gaffer at the Monegasque club.

Claudio Ranieri is the man calling the shots at the mega-rich club at the moment. The Italian signed Cole for Chelsea in 2003 and would love to get another chance to get the best out of the player.

Cole has previous Ligue 1 experience from a loan spell at Lille - so a deal is certainly possible.


We won’t go into the specifics of a potential location - as essentially any of the MLS teams who have room for a designated player could make a move for the player in the January Transfer Window.

With the MLS now in its off-season this would be a pre-season signing and any of the teams Stateside would love to have a name of Cole’s ilk on their books.


Again, the destination is not entirely important, but just like the MLS any team in the league who has room to fit him in under their strict salary cap, or indeed a free marquee player slot, would greatly appreciate the chance to bring Cole Down Under.


Cole has previously shown a desire to remain in London, and he clearly struggled with Liverpool after moving away from his home.

So keeping it local may be the best option.

Fulham are in a survival scrape - whether they believe it or not.

They might just decide they need the help.

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