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Hammers set for striker return

Carlton Cole looks set for a return to Upton Park

By | 4th September 2013
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West Ham United appear to be on the verge of re-signing striker Carlton Cole on a free transfer following his exit from Upton Park just two months ago. The former England international left the club after seeing his contract expire at the end of last season, but up to this point he has failed to find a new club.

According to theĀ Daily Express, the striker underwent a medical with the Hammers yesterday and may be unveiled as a West Ham player later today. If the deal is completed, West Ham will likely use Cole as depth behind big money summer signing Andy Carroll, who, like Cole, provides height and power up top. Carroll enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers last season, but was purchased permanently by Sam Allardyce this summer.

Cole has enjoyed the best years of his career at Upton Park, having previously played for Chelsea, Wolves, Charlton, and Aston Villa. If he completes his move he’ll get a chance to link up with fellow new signing Stewart Downing, who will be looking to provide service into the box for the club’s big strikers.

Monday night’s transfer deadline does not prevent clubs from signing players on free transfers, leaving the door open for Cole’s return to Upton Park.

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