Ex-Hammer is not moving to the Lane next season after all.
Tottenham Hotspur have rejected talk that they are on the verge of signing free-agent Carlton Cole this summer, reports the Metro.
The former England international was released by previous club West Ham United at the end of last season after having spent seven seasons at Upton Park.
Cole, 29, moved to east London from rivals Chelsea in July 2006 on an initial four-year deal and in the intervening six-year period, the front man managed to find the back of the net on 59 occasions in 237 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions, including 48 strikes in his 210 Premier League contests for the club.
However, West Ham head coach Sam Allardyce opted not to renew the giant striker’s contract last May, and with Cole now a free agent he has been training of late at Tottenham’s Chigwell base, Spurs Lodge.
And it was the forward’s appearance at the Tottenham training ground that then led to speculation suggesting the player was being evaluated by Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas, with a view to the Portuguese bringing Cole to White Hart Lane next season.
But despite the north London club being desperate to sign at least one new attacker during the summer transfer window following the recent departure of Clint Dempsey to the MLS, that player will not be Cole though.