It’s not often that we get news about West Ham United in the Football Transfer Tavern but the Daily Star have delivered just that this evening.
Nick Lustig has arrived today to tell punters that the Hammers’ reported move to re-sign striker Carlton Cole has been called off due to concerns over his fitness levels.
Sam Allardyce is eager to strengthen his strikeforce after failing to land a new forward during the recent transfer window which only closed on Monday.
The Hammers only have Andy Carroll, who is out injured until the end of September at the earliest, and Modibo Maiga to choose from in attack so Allardyce was hoping to move again for Cole to give him further options.
However a move for the 29-year-old appears to have been cancelled after it was revealed that his fitness levels were below the required standard.
“Cole is not fit enough to offer a contract,” West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan’s son, Jack, announced on his twitter account.
“But he’s thinking over getting fit with us and improving his fitness.
“We are looking at other non contract players.”
The news comes a disappointment to the Irons supporters in the bar who are concerned about their lack of depth in attack and although Cole, who was only released during the summer, is an average Premier League striker, he would certainly give Allardyce more options.
Cole came close to agreeing a deal with Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace but the transfer fell through and it appears now that he will be without a club for the foreseeable months.