West Ham boss ready to raid Liverpool for duo

West Ham United are reportedly ready to launch an ambitious bid to bring Liverpool pair Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky to the club.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce wants the pair to return to Upton Park as he looks to boost his squad ahead of a promotion push at the first time of asking following relegation to the Championship last season.

A deal for Konchesky would perhaps be much easier to organise. The full-back was on loan at Championship club Nottingham Forest last season and appears willing to play at that level.

It could be a different issue for Cole though who will still want to prove himself in the Premier League. The England international is on massive wages at Anfield too and would have to take a cut to move back to West Ham.

However, it being suggested that the West Ham board are willing to back Allardyce financially in his pursuit of these two players as they believe it would virtually guarantee a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

They proved with the signing of Kevin Nolan from Newcastle United that they can convince players to play in the Championship and they will be hoping to do so again with Cole and Konchesky.

There is plenty of other transfer news as far as West Ham are concerned.

Aston Villa appeared to have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Hammers skipper Scott Parker, while Allardyce will decide whether to sign Polish defender Hernani da Rosi later in the week.

It is also being reported that Carlton Cole is the subject of interest from Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers, but Allardyce is determined to hold onto the striker.

All in all, it is very bust at Upton Park and there should be plenty of new transfer gossip in the coming weeks!

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.