Striker no longer needed at Upton Park.
Striker Carlton Cole has been told he can leave West Ham in the January transfer window following the club’s signing of Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista.
Cole has led the line for West Ham for a large part of the season with on-loan Liverpool front man Andy Carroll sidelined through injury. But, after scoring only twice in 19 games, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has decided Cole has no future at Upton Park.
Source: Daily Mirror
Carroll, on loan for the season from Liverpool, is approaching a return to first-team action after being ruled out through injury and the arrival of fellow loanees Chamakh, on loan for the remainder of the from Arsenal, and Wellington Paulista, who has joined for six months from Cruzeiro, has given Allardyce more options in attack.
Former Chelsea striker Cole, who has been capped seven times by England, is interesting Norwich City and relegation threatened Reading with both on the look-out for a new striker in the transfer window.
Norwich have been linked with a swoop for Celtic striker Gary Hooper, while Reading were said to be trying to do a loan deal for Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck but have ruled out a move for the England striker.
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