Cole has signed a new deal at Upton Park.
Carlton Cole has signed a new 18-month contract with West Ham United just six months after the club released the striker.
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However, as the east London club struggled with options up-front Cole was brought back in on a short-term deal in October 2013 and has clearly impressed manager Sam Allardyce enough with four goals in 11 Premier League matches.
The 30-year-old originally arrived at Upton Park from Chelsea in the summer of 2006 and to date has 63 goals in 251 games in all competitions for the Hammers.
Cole earned caps for England at youth level from the under-19s onwards and has also played seven times for the senior team – although has never found the net.
With injury concerns surrounding Andy Carroll for much of the season, Allardyce has struggled to find a system that works and has even reverted to playing midfielder Ravel Morrison in a ‘false-nine’ role.
Therefore Cole may be relied upon more often in the future as West Ham desperately try and avoid relegation from the English top tier after a dismal campaign so far.