Allardyce comments on relationship with Cole after deadline day disagreement

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce blocked Carlton Cole's proposed move to West Bromwich Albion on deadline day.

Sam Allardyce has told West Ham United's official website that his relationship with Carlton Cole remains a good one.

Cole was fuming with Allardyce when the Hammers boss blocked his move to West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day, according to a report in the Daily Mail, but the pair have resolved their differences.

Indeed, Allardyce spoke highly of the target-man centre-forward at his press conference on Friday - stating he was one of the happiest characters he's ever worked with.

"He knows his role and has been doing it for a number of years, very well," Allardyce said. "He is one of the happiest players I have ever worked with. He's a very light hearted person and always bubbly. He was very disappointed with what happened but he has terrific self-belief and his bubbly character came back very quickly, I'm pleased to say."

Cole actually started in West Ham's most recent match - a 0-0 draw with Southampton - and that should give him hope that he has a future in the first-team.

The 31-year-old has only appeared 15 times to date this season, with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia dominating the forward spots.

However, with Carroll sidelined for the rest of the season, as reported by the club website, it seems that Cole will have his chance to impress and will be determined to seize it.

Cole's future is likely to be the subject of much speculation in the build up to the summer transfer window, but he will be hoping that his impending run in the side convinces Allardyce that he still has a part to play.

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