Striker denied Hammers switch
After only being released by the club in July, West Ham United have decided against re-signing striker Carlton Cole.
Cole was having a medical on Tuesday but the striker failed the medical due to his fitness, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Hammers have a striker shortage at Upton Park with Modibo Maiga the only fit first team forward at the club, as Andy Carroll is coming back from a heel injury.
The club decided to re-sign Cole on a short team deal, the newspaper claims, but it has fallen through due to the striker’s lack of fitness.
West Ham saw Cole as a last resort after failing to land their targets on deadline day, and looked towards the free transfer to bolster their forward options.
The Hammers had made this statement on their website, as reported by the newspaper: “The club are pleased to announce that popular striker Carlton Cole is also undergoing a medical today.”
England international Carroll may be back for the Hammers’ next game against Southampton after a heel injury, according to the paper.
Carroll picked up the injury during the Hammers’ last game of last season against Reading, and is lacking full fitness after failing to play in any of the club’s pre-season friendlies.
West Ham will be hoping the new signing can return quickly due to the lack of forward options at the club, especially now the Cole deal has fallen through.