West Ham United have pulled out of a potential deal for striker Carlton Cole. The striker took a medical at the club on Tuesday, but Metro has now revealed that the Hammers will not offer him a contract after he failed to prove his fitness.
Cole has been looking for a new club this summer after seeing his contract at Upton Park expire at the end of last season, and appeared close to a return to the club this week. West Ham failed to find additional reinforcements up front during this summer’s transfer window, only bringing in Andy Carroll, who spent last season on loan with West Ham.
Sam Allardyce had been working hard to find another proven goalscorer, but after missing out on Chelsea’s Demba Ba he turned his attention to the free transfer of Carlton Cole. Instead, Cole now finds himself looking for another club.
In addition to signing Andy Carroll, the Hammers strengthened through the signing of his Liverpool teammate Stewart Downing. The winger joined the club in a deal worth around £5 million, representing good value for a player who has strong international credentials.