Joe Cole has made a flying start to his second stint in West Ham colours by being voted as January's SBOBET Player of the Month by users of the club's official website whufc.com

Cole took 38.9% of the vote to take the prize, which was presented before kick-off at Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Swansea City.

The West Ham Academy product returned home at the start of January when joining on a free transfer from Liverpool and made an immediate impact on his second debut, producing two telling crosses for James Collins to notch twice in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

31-year-old midfielder Cole then made his mark in Premier League action, scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the Boleyn Ground.

Cole beat off fierce competition from Winston Reid to land the prize, with the New Zealand international polling 34.4% of the vote.

Collins' double against the Red Devils saw him take third place with 11.6% of the vote, while Jussi Jaaskelainen, who took the November award, was in fourth.

Joey O'Brien made four appearances in the Hammers' backline in January and took fifth place in the vote, while Matt Jarvis was in sixth.

Voting is now open for January's West Ham Goal of the Month - watch the contenders in the video freeplayer in the top right hand corner of this page, and then vote on our official Facebook page.

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