Arsene eyes up unlikely striking target.
The England international striker has been in great form for the Hammers this season, and with Arsene Wenger’s side suffering an injury crisis in the attacking positions, the Frenchman has admitted that he will have to strengthen in the transfer window.
Rumours surfaced last month that the Gunners would target Carlton Cole, and now the Daily Mirror reports that the 26-year-old striker is the number one target at the Emirates.
West Ham are desperate to keep hold of their prized asset, although the financial situation at Upton Park means that a bid in the region of £15 million might have to be accepted.
Gianfranco Zola has seen his side struggle in recent weeks, and it is no coincidence that Cole finds himself on the sidelines with a knee injury. He is expected to return before the end of the month however.
The powerful frontman has the added appeal of not being cup-tied for the Champions League, a huge bonus for Wenger on the quest for some major silverware in North London. Cole would also provide some much needed physical presence to a frontline full of style. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Now this is a little hard to believe to say the least. There is no doubt that Carlton Cole has improved immeasurably in the past 18 months but he is still in my view a while away from being considered a top four player. The former Chelsea man has battled back from an indifferent start to his career and has rightfully found himself in the England reckoning.
The West Ham man is also not exactly the style of player that Arsene Wenger goes for, the hustle and bustle determined customer will not really fit in well at the Emirates. There is no doubt that the Gunners boss may well look to bring in another striker given the long term injury to Robin Van Persie but I don’t for one second see that striker being Carlton Cole.