December 9 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Former Hammer Carlton Cole is back at Upton Park
After missing out on deals for three strikers on deadline day, West Ham look set to curb that disappointment by snapping up former Hammer Carlton Cole on a short-term deal.
The 29-year-old was only released by West Ham in the summer, but after failing to earn a deal elsewhere, manager Sam Allardyce has stepped in and the player underwent a medical today.
With Andy Carroll expected to return in time for the trip to Southampton on September 15, that would solve many of West Ham’s problems up front, but Allardyce is clearly not convinced that Modibo Maiga as an ideal back-up after his poor display against Stoke City on Saturday.
Cole will provide extra muscle up front, though how fit he is remains to be seen.
He had been training at Tottenham and even scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly for them, but that is not the same as a full pre-season.
Cole last played for the Hammers in the 2-0 defeat at Everton in May, his last start was in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool back in April, while his last goal for the club came in December 2012 against Everton at Upton Park, where he was also sent off.
The Hammers were looking at a host of strikers on Monday with top of the list being Juventus front man Fabio Quagliarella.
Ricardo Vaz Te was lined up for a season long loan move to Norwich City if the Quagliarella move had taken place, but the Italy international was caught up in a transfer merry-go-round involving three players back on home soil, which in the end did not materialise.
But it did mean that there was no time for West Ham to step in and seal a loan move for the 30-year-old.
It seems West Ham also attempted to bring either Romelu Lukaku and former Hammer Demba Ba to the club on loan from Chelsea, but the former chose Everton, while Jose Mourinho decided that Ba was not going to leave Stamford Bridge.
With no-one coming in, it meant that Vaz Te was not allowed to leave, despite the transfer request he put in last week.
West Ham made the following statement regarding Cole, who last played at Liverpool on April 7 and last scored against Everton back in December 2012, when he was also sent off.
“The club are pleased to announce that popular striker Carlton Cole is also undergoing a medical today with a view to returning to the Boleyn Ground on a short-term deal.”
Paul Merson was impressed by Everton youngster Ross Barkley in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.