West Ham trialist Devante Cole leaves without contract, begins training with Birmingham City

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Striker Devante Cole has joined Birmingham City on trial.

Birmingham City have confirmed on their official Twitter account that they have taken striker Devante Cole on trial ahead of a possible deal.

Cole, 20, is still on the books at Manchester City - the club he has been with since the age of seven - but looks set to leave in search of first team football.

After loan spells with Barnsley and MK Dons, it's time for Cole to get a permanent move and play on a regular basis as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father Andrew, who of course played for Newcastle United and Manchester United.

Last week, Cole arrived on trial at West Ham United in the hope of landing a deal with Slaven Bilic's side, and featured in their 1-0 defeat to Colchester United.

Coach Terry Westley told the London Evening Standard that West Ham were interested in signing Cole on a permanent basis - but that now doesn't appear to be the case.

Birmingham City named Cole in their team to take on Benfica 'B' on Monday evening, confirming on their official Twitter account below that the 20-year-old had arrived on trial - and the forward played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat for the Blues.

Cole has pace but is certainly very raw at this stage in his career, and it seems that West Ham weren't willing to take a gamble on him right now.

For the player, a move to the Championship may even be better, as he almost certainly wouldn't be able to gain first team football at West Ham, but under Gary Rowett at Birmingham, he could become a regular first team player - and possibly earning a move back to the Premier League with impressive displays.

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