Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Carlton Cole after the West Ham striker grabbed a brace against Manchester United last night.
The frontman has looked short of confidence so far this season and has struggled to hold down a first team place but reminded Avram Grant his worth to the team yesterday.
Roy Hodgson last week admitted his admiration for the former Chelsea youngster before Liverpool beat West Ham convincingly a fortnight ago.
And a lot of Hammers fans would not have shed a tear at his departure – but that was before he came storming back into top form against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Liverpool reportedly had a £10 million offer rejected for the West Ham striker back in the summer and his value has plummeted during the start of this season.
It had been thought they would make an offer of around £8 million in the summer in order to bring him to Anfield but will now need to up that if they are to sign him.
Cole started his career at Stamford Bridge and his scoring exploits yesterday broke a record of eight years since he last got two goals in a game – for Chelsea against Gillingham in the same competition