Five things West Ham fans should know about trialist striker Devante Cole

West Ham have taken Manchester City's Devante Cole on trial.

West Ham United lost 1-0 to Colchester United in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, and whilst the starting XI was dominated by youth team players, one name jumped off the page.

Devante Cole featured in attack for the Hammers, which was a shock to many considering that the forward is a Manchester City player.

The 20-year-old striker has found first team football hard to come by at City, and now looks set to leave the club on a permanent basis in a bid to further his career elsewhere.

With great size and pace, Cole could be a diamond in the rough for West Ham - but considering his current stature, not many Hammers fans will be familiar with Cole.

Here are five things West Ham fans will want to know about Cole, who could well be joining the club on a permanent basis if he impresses suitably.

  1. Cole is famously the son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole - but chose to sign for rivals Manchester City as a youngster.

  2. With six goals in the 2013-14 UEFA Youth League, Cole was the second top goalscorer in the competition, with Barcelona's Munir El Haddadi the only player to score more.

  3. Despite emerging through the ranks at City, Cole has yet to make a first team appearance for the club, even after being called up for pre-season friendlies in 2013.

  4. Last season, Cole spent time out on loan at Barnsley and MK Dons, scoring a combined ten goals in 37 games during his spells with the two clubs.

  5. With appearances for England at Under-16, 17, 18 and 19 levels, Cole is touted for a bright future - and West Ham could be landing a bargain if they do sign him permanently.

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