Grants backs Joe Cole to be an Anfield hit



West Ham boss Avram Grant has back England international Joe Cole to rediscover his form and become a bit hit at Anfield.

Grant managed Cole at Chelsea during his season there and looking into bringing the player to West Ham at one point, before admitting it would ‘take big money’ to resign Cole to his boyhood club.

Cole has only started eight games since swapping the shed for the kop, and looks to be struggling to rediscover the form he was showing at Chelsea before getting injured a year ago.

Liverpool travel to West Ham on Sunday and Grant expects the player to finally show his best form.

“Joe is a very good player, a very, very nice player. He has a good spirit and is good to any team on and off the pitch,” said Grant.

“I think he started well, then he had an injury, and then it was not so good for him.

“Sometimes when you are injured it’s not easy to come back and it was a little bit difficult for them but I am sure he will be very good for Liverpool. If not, then they can bring him to me.”

29 year-old Cole was available on a free transfer in the summer, but Grant admitted he couldn’t afford his wages.

He added: “I will always want a player who plays so good.

“He belongs to Liverpool but I will always be happy if a player like this was in my team.

“But everyone knows the situation in our club. We had the opportunity to take him but for West Ham it was big money.

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