West Ham are in talks with Joe Cole about a possible coaching role, Football Insider can reveal.
The popular former Hammers playmaker, 38, revealed on BT Sport earlier this week that he would only quit his media duties to return to either West Ham or Chelsea.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club hierarchy have opened discussions with Cole about taking on a role in which he would aid David Moyes’ staff.
The Premier League club are open to Cole working in either a full-time or part-time coaching capacity.
Talks are at the early stage and a deal is not yet close to being agreed.
West Ham are convinced Cole has a lot to offer and could make a big impact behind the scenes to improve the club’s players.
Moyes has yet to formally appoint anyone to his backroom staff, with the official club site naming only Xavi Valero, the goalkeeper coach who worked under Manuel Pellegrini, as the other member of the first-team coaching team.
However, Alan Irvine is set to secure a contract as Moyes’ assistant manager and joined the Scot on the bench for the 4-0 win against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
Cole graduated from the West Ham academy to make 175 appearances in claret-and-blue across two spells.
The Irons idol had even longer service with Chelsea, where he made 281 appearances and won eight major trophies including three league titles.
Cole remains extremely popular with West Ham fans and speaks warmly of his former club during punditry duties.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club are submitting a bid for a £15million-valued player in the next 24 hours.