Big Sam ties down Carlton Cole to 18-month deal

Carlton Cole

Striker signs longer deal at West Ham after initially being released in the summer and only returing on a three-month basis

Former England striker Carlton Cole has signed a new 18-month deal at West Ham United, just six months after being released by the club, according to the club’s official website

The former Chelsea forward was let go by Sam Allardyce in the summer but returned on a short-term deal in October and has earned himself a new deal at Upton Park. 

Cole has scored four goals in 11 appearances since his return and has become a key member of the team once again, especially during Andy Carroll’s injury-enforced absence. 

With Carroll now back on the scene, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to hold down a place in the starting line-up but he is undoubtedly a useful squad member. 

The 30-year-old earned seven England caps during Fabio Capello’s regime and scored 59 goals in 240 matches for West Ham in his first stint between 2006 and 2013. 

Cole originally broke onto the scene as a young striker at Chelsea, making his debut in April 2002 as a substitute for Dutch legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. 

He struggled to break into the first team at Chelsea, with the likes of Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola and Eidur Gudjohnsen blocking his way before the big money arrivals of Didier Drogba and Adrian Mutu. 

Loan spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa had mixed results and he left Chelsea having scored just eight goals in 31 appearances for the Blues. 

The Croydon-born striker stayed with West Ham despite their relegation to the Championship in 2011 and scored in the play-off final victory over Blackpool at Wembley which ensured they made an instant return to the Premier League.

That is the sort of loyalty that the club may need again as they head into the second half of the season in the midst of a tight relegation battle and still suffering from many injuries in defence. 

Allardyce will be looking to both Cole and Carroll to provide the goals which can keep West Ham in the Premier League for another season. 

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