West Ham are set to hold fresh talks with former player Joe Cole over a coaching role in new manager David Moyes’ administration.
Currently a pundit on BT Sport, Cole previously worked at former club Chelsea as a technical academy coach and was recently awarded his UEFA ‘A’ coaching badge – which enables him to be a head coach of youth teams up to age 18, reserve teams for top-flight clubs and men’s professional second-tier clubs.
Now, according to Football Insider, West Ham’s hierarchy are planning further discussions with Cole about a senior coaching role and are ready to present an offer to him if he is keen.
This comes after the same source previously revealed that the Hammers had opened talks with the 38-year-old over the role a couple of weeks ago.
That claim was confirmed by manager Moyes – who is keen to add Cole to his backroom staff – but was played down by the former Irons midfielder, who said there had been ‘no contact’ from the Scotsman.
Moyes has already failed in his pursuit to add Stuart Pearce to his staff and it’s believed that if the Hammers are unsuccessful in their chase of Cole, they will target linking up with former Everton defender Alan Stubbs.
So far, Moyes has only appointed Alan Irvine to his backroom team – which also includes Xavi Valero, the goalkeeper coach who worked under Manuel Pellegrini.
Cole enjoyed two spells at the Hammers during his playing days. After graduating from the West Ham academy alongside Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand, he would go on to win eight major honours with Chelsea between 2005 and 2010, including three Premier League crowns.
He eventually returned to east London in 2013 for 18 months after spells with Liverpool and Lille, scoring five goals in 31 league appearances for the Hammers.
Cole has previously admitted that he would only accept offers to return to coaching from Chelsea and West Ham, so a deal may well be thrashed out – if he is approached.