JOE Cole is all but set to return to the club he famously made his name at as a precocious teenager, West Ham United.
At the time of writing, Cole is set to sign for the East London club after Liverpool agreed to sever his contract which saw him earn a massive £100,000 per week, allowing for a free transfer.
The former England international endured a torrid time on Merseyside, never recapturing his form, suffering with a host of injuries, and being loaned out to French side Lille for the whole of last season.
If West Ham complete the deal successfully and have him registered by midday Friday, Cole would be eligible to make his debut for the Hammers against Manchester United in the FA Cup this Saturday.
Another player who has been strongly linked with a departure this morning is Turkish loanee Nuri Sahin.
The Times believe Liverpool are ready to cut short Sahin’s season-long loan to allow the player regular first-team action, having fallen behind the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and a now revitalised Jordan Henderson in recent weeks.
Whilst Sahin has managed 3 goals and 3 assists this season, his last Premier League appearance was back at the start of November, in the 1-1 draw v Chelsea.
Under the terms of the loan, Liverpool can cancel the deal, but only if they have the approval of both the player and his parent club, Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho has indicated he has no interest in taking the player back, alerting Sahin’s former club Borussia Dortmund, as well as Galatasaray and Fulham, who could make a move for the 24-year old midfielder if the Reds choose to cut him loose.