Transfer windows have had a knack of managing to increase their levels of bizarre year on year, and it seems that this past summer has proved no exception to the rule.
The last three months have seen a succession of odd scenarios and stories grip the footballing world, with Luis Suarez's phantom exit clause and the three men posing as Manchester United lawyers yesterday in order to facilitate the Herrera move perhaps the pick of the bunch.
However West Ham, seemingly in fear of missing out on the peculiarities of the transfer window this summer, have made a last-ditch attempt to throw their hat in the ring as they are set to announce the re-signing of Carlton Cole.
The striker was told at the end of May that his services were no longer needed at the club that he had spent the best part of seven years at, with Sam Allardyce claiming that "we felt it better he found pastures new."
Despite the three month gap between Cole's departure and the transfer deadline day, however, the Hammers only looked to re-enforce their striking options yesterday.
Whether or not the club forgot they were short in the striker department until yesterday, or just forgot they got rid of the Hammers stalwart Cole we will never know, but, after all three striking options they had on the table decided to reject a move, Allardyce today found himself crawling back to Cole as a means of back-up for injury prone Andy Carroll and Modibo Maiga.
Cole, who has scored 59 goals in 237 appearances for the Hammers and who has seven England caps to his name, is believed to be undergoing a medical at the club before signing what would be a short-term contract.
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