Carlton Cole reacts on Twitter after being released by West Ham

West Ham United decided that Carlton Cole should not be offered a contract extension earlier today.

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has reacted on social media site Twitter after being informed that his contract at the Boleyn Ground will not be extended. 

The Hammers are desperate to break into the top six in the Premier League table and Cole has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Although the London club do not have a manager in place at this moment in time, the hierarchy at West Ham have taken it upon themselves to release the striker.

It means that he is free to look for a new club, and the target-man centre-forward says that he is looking forward the challenge. 

Cole has been at West Ham since 2006 so he will be eager to test himself in a new environment and will hope to rediscover his best form.

The 31-year-old was generally considered a back-up choice during his final season at West Ham and  will be aiming to play more of a first-team role for his new club. 

Cole scored 68 times during his nine years with the Hammers. He also made 293 appearances over that period. 

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