Liverpool miss out on swap deal for England striker

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Liverpool are believed to have offered two players in exchange for West Ham frontman Carlton Cole on transfer deadline day.

Roy Hodgson did announce some deals, including the addition of Paul Konchesky, but the big news for Reds fans will be the failure to capture a back up for Fernando Torres.

After ruling himself out of the running for PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen, Hodgson decided that a better option would be to get someone witb Premier League experience.

After failing with a bid for Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko – reports are now suggesting the Russian rejected Liverpool – he turned to Upton Park.

Reds striker Ryan Babel had reportedly been in a helicopter on his way to London at some point to mull over a move to Spurs or the Hammers.

It has now emerged that he was part of the proposition put to West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold for Cole.

As well as the Duthcman, Lucas Leiva was offered to the Boleyn Ground outfit, but in the end both players decided that a move to the capital was not for them.

Babel later tweeted: "I'm going no where. LFC all the way. YNWA!!"

It is unknown whether West Ham would have accepted the offer but the fact Liverpool were offering a ready-made replacement for Cole as well as money would have made it hard to turn down.

As well as holding onto their England international, West Ham have also kept vice-captain Scott Parker, who had been a target for Harry Redknapp’s Spurs.

It is now thought that he will sign a new five-year deal as the Hammers’ owners prepare to keep him in East London for the rest of his career.

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