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Sep 27, 2013

West Ham set to re-sign Carlton Cole

West Ham are likely to offer free agent Carlton Cole a short-term deal, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

Carlton Cole celebrates after breaking the deadlock against Everton
Carlton Cole could be set for a return to West Ham.

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Cole, 29, who made over 200 appearances for the Hammers during a seven-year spell, was released by the club in the summer.

West Ham were considering bringing back the striker on a free transfer at the beginning of September, but decided against doing so as he was unable to prove his fitness.

However, with Andy Carroll since having suffered another injury setback and the club short on striking options, Allardyce says Cole will be offered a new deal once his fitness is up to scratch.

"We've had Carlton training with us for a while now and as soon as he's fit enough to play there will be an offer of a short-term contract on the table, there's no doubt about that," Allardyce said. "That's why he's here with us and that's why we're trying to improve his fitness having missed pre-season.

"As soon as he's okay and suitable terms and conditions have been agreed, which is nothing to do with me, then he'll join us for however long the contract is negotiated for. We'll play a couple of behind-closed-doors games just to let him get some match practice and then we'll take it from there."

West Ham take on Hull at the KC Stadium on Saturday, and Allardyce is expecting to come up against a side full of confidence following their win at Newcastle last weekend.

"For them to get their first away win was a huge result, it lifts the whole city, the backroom staff and all the players," Allardyce said. "We face them at a time when their confidence is sky-high so as always we'll have a tough game on our hands.

"His [Hull manager Steve Bruce's] players, irrespective of how many he's changed, have gelled well, which was the opposite to his time at Sunderland. At Hull he's changed a lot of players and it's worked for him very, very well in a short period of time and they've obviously started the season exceptionally well."

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