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The newly-promoted side have been linked with a move for the Liverpool playmaker but their co-chairman has revealed he would be ‘very surprised’ if he returned to Upton Park

West Ham co-owner David Gold expects a busy summer of transfer activity at the club, but has revealed that they are unlikely to bring Joe Cole back to Upton Park.

The Hammers have been linked with a move for the Liverpool midfielder following their promotion back to the Premier League and, while Gold has conceded that it would be "fantastic" to have him back at the club, he would be surprised if a deal happened.

"It's going to be a busy summer," he told talkSPORT. "Joe Cole moving to West Ham would be a fantastic and romantic thing to happen but I would be very, very surprised.

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"He didn't come up on [manager] Sam Allardyce's list of players he wants to sign a couple of months ago. Whether that’s still the case, only time will tell.”

30-year-old Cole moved to Anfield two years ago on a free transfer from Chelsea but struggled to establish himself.

He spent last season on loan at Lille, scoring four times in 31 league appearances and helping them to finish third in Ligue 1.