Allardyce wants Joe Cole to return to West Ham

Big Sam is looking at bringing the former Hammers player back to Upton Park following his failure to make an impact under Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has set his sights on bringing former Hammer Joe Cole back to the east London club, following the 31-year-old's lack of game time at Liverpool in recent months.

The Englishman has played only 45 minutes in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, being brought on as a substitute on three occasions.

Cole endured a similar fate under the Reds' former manager, Kenny Dalglish, which prompted him to move to Ligue 1 side Lille for a season long-loan in 2011-12.

Allardyce spoke to The Mirror about his surprise at Cole's lack of game time: “You would have thought that Joe would be involved there by now, because of all of ­Brendan’s [Rodgers'] injury problems and his lack of strength in depth.

“But he doesn’t appear to have managed to be able to do that there.

“Whether we move for him depends on where we are and what we do in the next week or two, particularly with our injury list.

“My chairmen extended as much money as they possibly could in August - and went beyond it.

“Whether they can find any more or not is ­something I will discuss with them in the near future.

“I think if there is a chance [of bringing Cole back to Upton Park], it would be more on the terms of a loan, than on a permanent deal for the player.”

West Ham already have one player on loan from Liverpool, with the Reds' record signing Andy Carroll having joined the London club for the season.

However, Allardyce is likely to face stiff competition for Cole from QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who has not ruled out a move for the Englishman in January.