QPR boss Redknapp frustrated seeing Cole score for West Ham

QPR boss Harry Redknapp saw Joe Cole score - for West Ham United - in yesterday's 1-1 draw.

Had negotiations been swifter, Cole might have been playing in blue and white hoops, rather than claret and blue.

Ex-Hammers boss Redknapp said: "I wanted Joe. I would've had Joe about two weeks before West Ham got him. I just felt we took a long while to get it sorted. It just dragged on too long.

"Once West Ham come in he's only ever going to come to West Ham. I don't blame him.

"This is his home. This is where he started as a 12-year-old when I signed him. He's a fantastic boy."

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