December 18 2013 Latest news:
By Nick Wright
Friday, September 13, 2013
Manager Sam Allardyce says Carlton Cole could yet earn himself a new deal at West Ham – but only if he proves his fitness.
Cole left West Ham at the end of his contract in June but was invited back to train with the club as they sought to strengthen their attacking options.
Cole’s Upton Park return was called off last week due to concerns over his fitness, but Allardyce insists the door is not closed to the 29-year-old, who remains a free agent.
West Ham are without record signing Andy Carroll due to injury and while they did add former Fulham striker Mladen Petric this week, he remains some way short of match fitness.
That leaves Modibo Maiga as Allardyce’s only out-and-out striking option, and the Hammers boss has hinted that a return for Cole is not out of the question.
“We have offered training time to Carlton, for him to try and get fit if he wants,” Allardyce said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton.
“If he is happy with that, I would be, and we will see where we are from there, because we still have one place left in the squad.”