RE-SIGNED: Carlton Cole is to play for West Ham again (PA)
WEST HAM United are set to announce the return of Carlton Cole on a short term contract, as the club looks to reinforce its forward options.
The south Londoner is believed to have signed a three-month-long deal with the club, and it is expected to be officially confirmed before the Hammers’ trip to Hull City on Saturday.
After rejecting a new contract at Upton Park earlier in the summer, Cole had been linked with moves to London rivals QPR and Crystal Palace, which subsequently failed to materialise.
At the beginning of September, the east Londoners pulled out of a deal to sign the former England international due to the striker’s lack of fitness.
With marquee striker Andy Carroll set to be out of action until the New Year due to a reoccurring heel injury, new signing Mladen Petric not match fit and Madibo Maiga struggling to find the back of the net, Cole’s return will be welcomed by Hammers faithful.
Cole spent seven years at West Ham during his first spell with the club, scoring 47 league goals in 206 games before leaving in the summer.
He made seven appearances for England, the last of which came in 2010, without ever scoring for the national side.