Carlton Cole Fails To Prove Fitness To West Ham

Striker won’t be returning to former club.

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Ex-West Ham striker Carlton Cole will not be returning to the club after failing to prove his fitness during a week long spell training with the squad, the Mirror reports.

The 29-year-old was released by the east London outfit at the end of last season following a seven-year stint with the Hammers that saw him bag 59 goals in 237 appearances across all competitions.

He had been linked with a summer move to a number of club including Hull City, Crystal Palace, French giants St Etienne as well as a host of smaller Turkish sides, yet a concrete move failed to materialise.

However, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce failing to bring in Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo on transfer deadline day, he decided to turn to the former England man in a bid to bring him back on board by offering him a week’s trial to prove his fitness.

However, that now appears to have been too beyond his reach as a tweet sent out by Jack Sullivan, co-owner David Sullivan’s son, suggested that a deal will no longer be in place as the striker failed to prove exactly what the management had asked him to do.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Cole is not fit enough to offer a contract to. But he&#39;s thinking over getting fit with us and improving his fitness. <a href=”;src=hash”>#COYI</a> <a href=”;src=hash”>#WHU</a> <a href=”;src=hash”>#WHUFC</a> &#10;&#10;.</p>&mdash; Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) <a href=”″>September 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
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