West Ham: Former striker training with club; ex-loanee could return; bid prepared for Zaza
Carlton Cole is back training with West Ham having left third division Sacramento Republic in the United States after failing to score in four appearances as he now looks to maintain his fitness, claim the Mail. Having scored 68 goals in 293 appearances for the Hammers, he is a cult hero at the club, and he revealed:
“It is nice to be back at West Ham and I am just trying to keep myself fit. It is the end of the season in America and I want to keep ticking over and plan to be here for a couple of months. The gaffer has allowed me to stay over and use the facilities and train with the team until January. It has been unbelievable since I went to the States and I have really enjoyed myself playing for Sacramento Republic. It is very different culture wise and the fans are a lot different. It is a bit of a contrast to what we experience in England.”
Fans would likely love to have a striker who could play like Cole at his best, given their current problems up front. Having since played for the likes of Celtic and Sacramento, it’s clear that Cole does not have the quality required any longer, but his experience will be of massive benefit to youngsters around the club.
Another player who could be set for a comeback is right-back Carl Jenkinson, who is yet to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal after spending two seasons on loan at Upton Park and could return as the club investigate a loan move to resolve their headache in that position, say the Express.
Having played against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday night, it’s believed that the Gunners may not be keen to allow him to depart, even on loan, but are prepared to consider any offers from the Irons, though Jenkinson is determined to stay and fight for a slot with Hector Bellerin in what could be his last chance at the Emirates.
Calciomercato report that AC Milan are set to make a January move for Simone Zaza as their first choice replacement for Colombian forward and West Ham transfer target Carlos Bacca, who is believed to be nearing a move to reunite with former manager Unai Emery at PSG.
The Irons are said to be nearing a clause which will trigger an £18 million purchase based on appearances in his loan agreement and could be prepared to try to avoid losing money on the Italian, who is yet to score in nine appearances for Slaven Bilic.
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