West Ham United will released Joe Cole once his contract ends on June 30th.
Cole returned to Upton Park in the January of last year after signing from Liverpool, with the 32 year old making 25 League appearances at the club this season, as the Hammers finished in a mid-table position.
The former Chelsea wide man enjoyed two spells at the club, having come through West Ham’s famed academy, under Tony Carr, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand also coming through at the same time.
Cole featured 56 timew for England playing in two World Cup Finals, and won three Premier League titles and an FA Cup during a seven year spell at Chelsea.
West Ham have also released Jack Collison, George McCarthy and Jordan Spence.
Sam Allardyce has started negotiating contractsfor former Bolton pair Matty Taylor, and veteran 39 year old goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
West Ham released a statement thanking the departing players on their website.
We would like to thank Joe, George and Jack for their considerable efforts and contribution to the success of the club in recent seasons and wish them well in their future careers.”
By Ben Reardon