West Ham striker Carlton Cole saw his January move to West Bromwich Albion scuppered on deadline day by manager Sam Allardyce, much to his fury, but is now vying for a move to high-flying Championship outfit Brentford in the summer.
The Bees sit sixth in the Championship, in the midst of a play-off position, and have one eye firmly on reaching the top-flight of English football, with a new 20,000 stadium to be built.
Cole reveals he has a great deal of affection towards Brentford, and remains open-minded over a move to the club: “I grew up around the corner from Griffin Park. I used to live on the eighth floor and see the fans walk past my flat. I wanted to be that person for them to come and watch me play one day,” as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I’ll have a little butchers you know. They going alright at the moment and they hold a little soft spot in my heart so you never know.”
The 31-year-old has made just five Premier League appearances for the Hammers this term, scoring two goals, and looked destined for a transfer to the Baggies, until Allardyce pulled the plug after Tottenham Hotspur wouldn’t allow Emmanuel Adebayor to move to Upton Park.