West Ham midfielder Joe Cole may leave West Ham in the January transfer window after being subbed off in the 40th minute against Chelsea, according to The Daily Mail.

The former Chelsea player scored in their opening day win against Cardiff, but since then, has gone under the radar, mainly due to the amount of injuries sustained so far this season.

In West Ham's last match, Cole started against Chelsea, were Sam Allardyce opted to start without a striker, and after going 2-0 down after 34 minutes the 59-year-old manager made the judgement call on taking off both Cole and Jack Collison for Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.

Cole subsequently stormed down the tunnel and ripped his shirt off in frustration.

It has been a difficult few seasons for the 32-year-old having left Chelsea and never really reaching hitting his peak since, having been signed for Liverpool by Roy Hodgson on a free transfer back in 2010, the Englishman only managed to collect 26 games under his belt in two years.

After his first season at the Kop, Cole then spent a season on loan with Lille in Ligue 1, where the former Chelsea star played a big role in french team's season; playing 34 games and scoring four goals, combining well with current Chelsea man Eden Hazard.

After his short spell back at Liverpool, Cole signed for boy-hood club West Ham under Allardyce, grabbing two assists on his debut against Manchester United. But since then has only managed to play nine time in two seasons for the east London side.

However with Cole's contract ending in the summer, the former Bolton manager has stated a new deal depends on Cole' fitness;

"It's about staying fit, a proven period of time when injuries do not reoccur, that is what we are evaluating."

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