Liverpool target dismisses transfer speculation

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Carlton Cole says he has no intention of leaving West Ham for Liverpool.

The 26-year-old has recently been linked with a £20 million move to Anfield as Roy Hodgson looks to invest in more goalscoring options to take the burden away from Fernando Torres.

But the England striker admits that he has had no contact with the Reds and wants to remain at Upton Park.

"Obviously there's a lot of transfer rumours with people moving here and there, but I see myself at West Ham and I'm focused on West Ham and that's all that needs to be said," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm happy where I am. It's going to take a lot for me to move and as long as I'm wanted here I can see my future here.

"I have got nowhere I'd rather be than West Ham at the moment because West Ham gave me my chance and I want to correct last season.

"There's been no contact (from Liverpool), it's all paper talk. Nothing can turn my head and I'm fully focused, I'm fully fit and raring to go and I just want to put a good shift in.

"I was focusing on my injury all through the summer and I've come back stronger - hopefully I can just do the job for West Ham and keep fit."

Hodgson will now have to turn his attentions elsewhere, and has also been linked with moves for PSV Eindhoven hotshot Ola Toivonen and Ukranian forward Artem Milevskiy.

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