Joe Cole is ready to make a summer move to Brighton.

The ex-England star has struggled to nail down a first-team place since returning to West Ham last year and is out of contract at Upton Park at the end of this season.

It is believed that Cole, 32, has accepted that he is unlikely to find a Premier League club who would offer him regular first-team football but is intrigued by the prospect of working under Brighton boss and former Barcelona coach Oscar Garcia.

Cole has not played for the Hammers since the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City in January and has endured a rocky relationship with boss Sam Allardyce.

Cole currently earns around £90,000 per week – partly funded by a pay-off from Liverpool – and will have to take a massive drop in wages to join the Seagulls.