Cole convinced Payet

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has stated that Joe Cole convinced him to come to West Ham.

He said that he met the player when he was playing at Lille and that Joe Cole has always been talking positively about West Ham. He stated that this has convinced him to sign for the Hammers and that so far he has not regretted doing it.

WHAT NEXT FOR MARIO BALOTELLI?

Coach of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has told former Inter Milan star Mario Balotelli that he has no part in his plans at Anfield.

The Italy international was one of the most talked about player a few years back for his off the field activities but he was able to still get things right on the field of play, until his performance started to decline. Balotelli was impressive at the Euro 2012, but he couldn’t get to such heights regularly at Manchester City. He had problems with his team mates and then coach Roberto Mancini.

JOE COLE KEEPS UP WITH IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE FOR TAMPA BAY ROWDIES

Former Coventry City star Joe Cole remains impressive for Tampa Bay Rowdies since his move last month to the club.

The American club defeated Ottawa Fury FC 2-1 on Saturday in a game that is the final at home in the NASL Spring Season. Joe Cole produced an impressive performance for the team managed by Stuart Campbell. Cole scored one of the goals set up another in the 2-0 win at Minnesota United FC 2-0 to earn the NASL Player of the Week award. When he was receiving the award, he said: