Joe Cole is sure that the Olympic Stadium will provide a fantastic new home for the Hammers.

The West Ham United Academy product, who rejoined the club from Liverpool in January, was present as the plans for the Olympic Stadium's conversion were unveiled.

And having played in the Champions League at the best stadiums Europe has to offer, Cole is certain the Hammers' new ground will provide an equally-inspiring venue.

He told West Ham TV: "It's not just important for the players but for the punters too [being close to the pitch]. They want to be close to us and that's the beauty of the Premier League, the fans are right on top of you.


"That's vital and they've got that with this [the plans for the new stadium]. We're really excited - it's an historic day for the club.

"Coming here as a young lad, the Boleyn Ground didn't even have the Bobby Moore Stand or the Alpari Stand. Seeing where the club's come from to where we're moving to is great.

"I'm sure the punters will love it when it's all done. It's going to be unbelievable.

"It brings a lot of things not just to the club but to the East End. Jobs and everything else, it's going to leave a really good legacy for after the Olympics.

"With all the things that happened there last summer, that's still firmly in people's minds. Now we want to put on great nights for the fans, European nights - that has to be the plan. You've got to look high, we want to play the top clubs in Europe, the Barcelonas, the Milans.

"That's the dream for everyone, the owners are West Ham people. They want it to happen, we want it to happen. The gaffer's done a great job, he's excited by it, so it's a great time and we want to bring some big nights there for the punters."