Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he was looked into the possibility of signing West Ham striker Carlton Cole in the summer.
However, he insisted he did not make a concrete offer for the former Chelsea frontman, despite rumours saying they had a £10 million offer rejected.
Liverpool reportedly lodged bids for Hammers striker Cole, Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez and Wolves’ goalscorer Kevin Doyle in the previous transfer window but were rejected all three times.
However, Hodgson revealed he did not make an offer to West Ham for the 27-year-old but was interested in bringing him to Anfield.
The Liverpool boss said: “Cole is a good player and was one of the players I was watching and we were looking at a lot of forwards.
“He was one I watched and we talked about but we didn't make any particular move for him. At Liverpool we are always linked with every player but I do like Carlton Cole and think he's a good player but there was no offer made for him.”
Now, though, Cole seems to have played himself out of contention for a switch to Anfield as his form for the Upton Park side means eyebrows would be raised if he were to join Liverpool.
Furthermore, new Liverpool owner John W Henry has set out plans for the transfer market and urged Hodgson to be sensible and keep an eye on youth meaning Cole will not be on Damian Comolli’s short list.
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