Villa Park boss wants in form Hammer.
Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is keen to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole , according to the Daily Mail.
26 year-old Cole has enjoyed a good season, despite it being disrupted through injury. He has scored 9 goals in 28 games for the struggling Hammers and has contributed greatly to the side with his all round team play.
However, West Ham chief David Sullivan has said that he is open to offers for any player except for Scott Parker.
Sullivan said, “If we get the right bid we will sell any player, apart from Parker.” It is believed that Aston Villa would have to pay around £10m to sign Cole.
Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is aware that his summer transfer budget may not be as large as he would wish and so some players are likely to leave Villa Park this summer should he wish to bring in the likes of Cole.
The striker is in his fourth season at West Ham, during which time he has established himself as an England contender. With seven caps to his name so far, Cole hopes to be selected in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad. (IMScouting)
One imagines that this summer will be a time of much deliberation at Upton Park. Even though relegation has been averted it seems many changes are likely to take place and the sense of unpredictability could well play into Aston Villa’s hands.
Martin O’Neill appears to be keen on adding more strength in depth to his Villa Park side and this source claims that Carlton Cole is high up on his wish-list and given the last two seasons the England man has put in, you can’t blame him for showing an interest.
Of course Cole’s season long loan spell at the club didn’t exactly work out that well but the former Chelsea man is an entirely different player now. Full of confidence and bursting with energy the 26 year old seems revitalized and must think long and hard about his options because any move or indeed decision to stay will effect his entire career. He is at a crossroads now and in many ways I think staying a Hammer could be his best bet.
Clearly Aston Villa are doing very well of late but Carlton has turned the corner as a Hammer and in many ways the way in which the club helped him find his feet should not be overlooked.