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Confirmed transfer: Former West Ham & Chelsea star seals shock USA switch

According to the club’s official website, former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham star Joe Cole has completed a transfer to Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The former England international began his career with the Hammers, rising through their academy set-up and making 150 senior appearances before sealing a £6.6million transfer to London rivals Chelsea in summer 2003.

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The playmaking midfielder went on to lift three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during seven campaigns at Stamford Bridge and then endured a brief spell at Liverpool, managing just 42 appearances across three seasons.

Cole subsequently plied his trade West Ham for a second time and Aston Villa in the Premier League before making the jump down to League One with Coventry City, initially on loan, in January 2015.

Despite being held in high esteem by Ricoh Arena boss Tony Mowbray, Tampa Bay Rowdies confirmed earlier today that they’ve signed the 34-year-old until the end of the 2017 season with the option of a further year.

Cole said upon signing for the North American Soccer League outfit; “I’ve always envisaged playing in the United States at some point in my life and this opportunity came up. My family and I came out to visit a few months ago and everyone was lovely, they really made us feel welcomed. I’m really excited to get started and I want to be part of a successful team.”