West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is preparing an ambitious bid to sign Liverpool pair Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky as the new Upton Park boss looks to improve his squad ahead of the coming battle to secure and instant promotion back to the Premier League.
The Hammers boss has already snapped up Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan and has now set his sights on two Anfield players who appear to be surplus to requirements at the Merseyside club. Allardyce will reportedly be handed the funds to secure both players as well as cover Joe Cole’s large salary demands as co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold look to fund moves they feel will help their chances of a lucrative return to the top tier.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish seems likely to accept offers for both players as neither figured in the Scot’s plans following his arrival as replacement for Roy Hodgson back in January.
Left back Konchesky was farmed out on loan to Nottingham Forest where he performed consistently and helped the City Ground side to the play-offs. The 30 year old defender spent two years at West Ham during which time his performances helped the East London side to an FA Cup Final place.
Joe Cole had a tough first season at Liverpool, being sent off in his opening Premier League fixture at home to Arsenal and barely managed a start once Dalglish had arrived on the scene. The former Chelsea attacking midfielder did of course start his career at West Ham racking up over 150 appearances before making his move to Stamford Bridge back in 2003.
An offer of £7.5m may well be accepted by Liverpool as they look to freshen up their squad ahead of a push to reclaim a top four spot. The club’s new owners have funded moves to sign Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam already this summer and may well look to help balance the books and removing big earners from the payroll makes a great deal of sense, especially if said big earners are not first team starters who only cost a combined fee of £3.5m in the first place.