By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
West Ham have failed in a deadline day bid to bring Joe Cole back to Upton Park, Goal.com understands.
The east Londoners made last-ditch attempts to sign the former Hammer on a season-long loan but the deal failed to materialise.
Manager Sam Allardyce had been keen to add some creative flair to his squad after completing the signing of Andy Carroll on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
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But, it is understood that Cole was not interested in a return to Upton Park because he is holding out for a move abroad.
Contrary to reports that the 29-year-old wants to fight for his place at Anfield, it is believed he is keen to return overseas following his campaign at Lille in France last season.
The French transfer window remains open until September 4, while there also remain opportunities for a switch to Turkey or Russia.
The Hammers were also offered Jermaine Jenas after his loan move to Sunderland collapsed but rejected him because of similar fears about his fitness.