West Ham Boss Sam Allardyce Confirms Fresh Talks With Carlton Cole

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Former England man may sign on for longer at Upton Park.

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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that he has opened talks with Carlton Cole over a new contract with the club, according to reports in the Metro.

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The former England international was released by the club at the end of last season, but re-joined in October on a short term deal after the club failed to land another striker in the wake of Andy Carroll’s latest long term injury.

And Cole has impressed during his second stint at Upton Park, bagging three goals against Fulham, Manchester United and Arsenal, and now Big Sam is eager to tie him down to a longer deal.

“We’ve got that in mind and are talking about that as quickly as we possibly can because obviously it needs to be addressed,” he said.

“Carlton will be dealt with very shortly.”

The Hammers are set to welcome Carroll back into the fold for the first time this season as well as being strongly linked with a loan move for new Monaco striker Lacina Traore, but the 30-year-old is said to have done enough to warrant a longer deal over the past three months.

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