Carlton Cole is back at West Ham. Again.
The 33-year-old striker is currently a free agent and has today confirmed that he is training with his former club to keep fit. He is expected to train with the club until January.
Carlton Cole has confirmed that he has been training with West Ham in order to keep fit. pic.twitter.com/BV2F5t7F95— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 2, 2016
Cole spent nine seasons in total at West Ham. He actually left in the summer of 2013 before being resigned on a short-term contract the next season that eventually earned him an 18-month contract extension.
He left last summer after scoring 68 goals in 293 games in all competitions and joined Celtic in October last year. He was most recently with USL side Sacramento Republic, where he only lasted four games before returing to England.
He is now training with the Hammers to keep fit, but given their struggles up top so far this season, another playing contract cannot be ruled out.
Here's how Hammers fans have been reacting to the return of Cole this afternoon:
Carlton Cole is actually a better option than Zaza. Sign him up.— West Ham South West (@WHUSouthWest) November 2, 2016
I hope Carlton Cole can teach Zaza how to play better in our league.— ⚒wayne fitzpatrick⚒ (@B19waf) November 2, 2016
Man seeing Carlton Cole back at West Ham makes me so happy 😂😂😂— Reg (@Reggie_Simmans) November 2, 2016
carlton cole up front with lanzini and payet behind😍😍😍— MarC (@MarcRelph) November 2, 2016
I'll never not love Carlton Cole— Liam Donovan (@LJDonovan11) November 2, 2016
Carlton Cole has revealed he is training with West Ham until January to keep his fitness up, nice to see us helping our loyal players out⚒⚒— Irons Talk (@ironstalk1) November 2, 2016
Carlton Cole back training with West Ham. Is it 2006 again?— James Knowles (@jtwknowles) November 2, 2016
I hope Carlton Cole doesn't re-sign— Mr. Rager (@JamesSneddon_) November 2, 2016
Carlton Cole is like that old work colleague that keeps returning to the Office cos they don't have a job.— Lee B (@Lee_WHUFC) November 2, 2016