West Ham must resist striker falling into clutches of QPR

Harry Redknapp has expressed an interest in Carlton Cole, but West Ham look like they really need him right now.

It has been a shocking season so far for Big Sam and West Ham. Their big money signing in the summer was of course Andy Carroll and it was hoped the team could be shaped around him.

£15 million was spent and Carroll was reportedly handed very handsome wages, but he has unfortunately suffered awful injury problems keeping him out of the whole season so far, and their league position reflects how awful an investment it has been so far.

West Ham's other strikers have failed to compensate. Ricardo Vaz Te looked set to step up to the breach before receiving a terrible injury himself. Modibo Maiga only scored his first of the season last weekend, which says it all really.

It got so bad that Carlton Cole returned to the club on a short-term contract and has provided their best option in recent weeks.

His contract is set to run out soon though, and Harry Redknapp said he would be keen on the player as he looks to strengthen his attacking options at Queens Park Rangers.

West Ham will of course be on the lookout for a couple of strikers this month and have been linked with an abundance of them, former Sunderland player Asamoah Gyan could represent a great piece of business if they can bring him in on loan.

That doesn't mean they should let Carlton Cole go though. Although results have been poor of late, Cole has been a minor positive for them.

He clearly loves the club and he shows that on the pitch. He is the sort of character you need in a relegation battle and it would be silly for West Ham to let him leave even if they do bring in a couple of players.

They may struggle to bring in who they want though, as some players will be wary of the fact the club could be in the Championship next season. It looked as if they would be able to bring in Johnny Heitinga from Everton after they agreed a fee with the club. However he has rejected the move and The Hammers will now have to look elsewhere.

Strength in depth and players who understand the club are to be vital if the Hammers are to survive. They don't want to go down the route of Zola's side of three seasons ago, with mercenary-type players brought in who don't care about the club's fate.

Cole is worth hanging onto, at least until Carroll can prove his fitness. If they do allow him to walk away they may find him passing above them in May if QPR replace their position in the Premier League.

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