Hammers set up Cole return

WEST Ham are set to beat London rivals Queens Park Rangers to the signing of midfielder Joe Cole.

The former England international, who travelled to London yesterday for a medical, came through the ranks at West Ham, spending nine years with the club before leaving for Chelsea in 2003 following their relegation from the Premier League.

However the 31-year-old has struggled for form since joining Liverpool on a free transfer in 2010, scoring only three times in 26 appearances, and spent last season on loan at French club Lille.