Joe Cole is determined to prove himself at Liverpool.

The Daily Mail says West Ham United would have him back at Upton Park in a heartbeat, and QPR have also mulled over the pros and cons of offering him a fresh start.

The 29-year-old, however, is not in a hurry to turn his back on this particular fight. He has three years left on the lucrative deal he penned in the Swiss town of Bad Ragaz last July but his reasons for digging in are not purely fiscal.

It gnaws away at him that he has not met expectations and his determination in training has been recognised by Dalglish as being exemplary.

But it is true that Liverpool would not stand in his way if the right offer happened to come in and there are no promises he will make it into the starting line-up.

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