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Big Sam still open to striker offer

Sam Allardyce leaves the door open for Carlton Cole

By | 19th September 2013
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has left the door open for striker Carlton Cole, who is still left without a club following the expiration of his contract at Upton Park at the end of last season. Cole appeared to be on the verge of signing for the Hammers just weeks ago, but saw the deal fell through after failing to prove his fitness during his club medical.

Now, Allardyce has revealed that Cole continues to train with the club, and says that if Cole can regain his fitness then the club would be willing to discuss a new contract with him.

“He’s training with us at the moment and hopefully when Carlton gets fit enough to be part of the squad then we’ll talk to him about the contract situation,” Allardyce said, according to theĀ Daily Star.

“We still have one place available in our squad, with 24 players currently named, so we still have one place left for somebody.”

Carlton Cole spent the entirety of last summer training with the Hammers, but failed to impress during last season. The former England international made 27 Premier League appearances for the club last season but only managed to find the back of the net twice, a sharp decline from his form the season before when he bagged 15 league goals for the club.

While Cole saw his contract expire at Upton Park at the end of last season, the club decided to permanently sign fellow striker Andy Carroll after the former Liverpool player’s successful loan spell. In contrast to Cole’s poor numbers last season, Carroll scored seven goals and provided four assists in 24 league appearances.

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