Striker has re-committed himself to West Ham United's cause after he couldn't find an employer and Hammers couldn't find a forward.
In what is perhaps a marriage of convenience, West Ham United are on the verge of re-signing Carlton Cole, a 30-year-old striker who had been on their books since 2006 but who left in May, earlier this year.
The front-man, who was developed at Chelsea and received seven international caps between 2009 and 2010, was searching for a new club for four months but was unable to find a suitable employer.
West Ham, meanwhile, were eagerly looking at recruiting a goal-scorer following his exit, but a reportedly precarious financial situation was adjudged to have been one of the reasons why dangerous hitmen such as Oscar Cardozo remained speculated targets… and not captured ones.
Cole, who has been training at West Ham's training base in Chadwell Heath, proved his fitness to the club's top brass recently as he featured in a friendly match versus Charlton Athletic.
According to messages posted on social network Twitter, Cole is due to agree to a three month contract, a duration which will cover the absence of Andy Carroll.
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