December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Nick Wright
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that striker Carlton Cole will sign a new short-term contract at West Ham in the coming days.
Cole has been a free agent since leaving West Ham at the end of last season but, with Allardyce looking to strengthen his striking options, he has been offered a route back to Upton Park.
The 29-year-old has been training at the Hammers’ Chadwell Heath training base and is now set to put pen to paper on a new contract.
“As soon as he’s fit enough to play there will be an offer of a short-term contract, there’s no doubt about that,” said Allardyce.
“That’s why he’s here with us and that’s why we’re trying to improve his fitness having missed pre-season.
“As soon as he’s OK, I would imagine that as long as the terms and conditions are all right, he’ll be with us for however long that contract is.”
The Hammers boss added: “He’s been here on a day to day basis but one of the beauties of this football club is that we’ve kept him fit for a long time, certainly during the time I’ve been here.
“Carlton has certain training programmes just for himself that were built to suit him and keep him available for selection on a Saturday afternoon.”
Cole will play in two behind-closed-doors friendlies for the Hammers before becoming available for competitive action, according to Allardyce.
“I think it will be days now,” he said. “We’ll play a couple of behind closed doors games to let him get into the match practice side of it and then take it from there.”
Allardyce refused to confirm the exact length of the contract and said he will leave the finer details in the hands of the chairmen.
“I think that my focus is on the first team squad and the players that are fit. The contract is done behind the scenes by the chairmen and the agents, so we’re just concentrating on our team for Hull City.”