Reports are suggesting that free agent Carlton Cole is not fit enough to be offered a contract at West Ham, a club source has revealed. 

Cole, 29, left the Hammers in July after his contract expired but after a thoroughly disappointing summer search for a striker, the east London club were strongly reported to have been back in talks with the frontman over retaining his services. 

However, as reported in The Mirror, a tweet sent by Jack Sullivan, son of joint-chairman David, suggests that West Ham may have taken another dramatic U-turn in offering the former Chelsea trainee a contract. 

"Cole is not fit enough to offer a contract to," revealed Sullivan on the social networking site. "But he's thinking over getting fit with us and improving his fitness."

Although not always the most popular choice among supporters, Cole is a bit of a cult hero at Upton Park experiencing the highs of promotion and lows of relegation with the club since signing for them in 2006. 

Cole has been rumoured to have had numerous talks with a few potentially interested parties since his release but with the Hammers being close to his heart, he would've preferred a move back 'home'. 

However, the latest news acts as a set-back to both Cole and the Hammers as their search for an out-of-contract striker looks set to continue...

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here:

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: