Former Hammer may head stateside.
Released West Ham United striker Carlton Cole could turn his back on the Premier League by trying his luck in the MLS this summer, according to talkSPORT.
The 29-year-old has no shortage of options after being released by the east London club with Premier League new boys Hull City set to launch a bid to land his signature whilst Turkish side Kasimpasa have also expressed an interest.
However, Cole may be set to shun an extended stay in England, and even Europe, by making the move to the United States after Chicago Fire have sounded him out about a possible move to the MLS.
The England international bagged just two goals in claret & blue last season and was let go by the club in the wake of their pursuit of tying Andy Carroll to a permanent deal.
That hasn’t deterred Steve Bruce’s men, though, as they look to add some more top flight experience to their squad but thay may fall behind in the running after learning what the Chicago side are willing to pay him as a designated player.
Cole was earning around £35,000 per week at Upton Park and the MLS side are prepared to offer him an annual salary of around $1.5m to tempt him Stateside.