Carlton Cole's sensational return to West Ham has collapsed after the striker failed to prove his fitness.
Cole, 29, looked set to rejoin the club he had left just two months earlier, but it appears the powerful striker has failed the fitness tests in his medical.
Ian Hendon, West Ham 's first team coach, told the Daily Mail: "The medical staff do all their assessments. We've got all these physical stats from last year and he's let himself go a little bit. It's up to Carlton now to prove his fitness."
West Ham owner David Sullivan's son, Jack, revealed that the striker would be training with the club in an attempt to improve his fitness levels. The East London outfit have been left incredibly short of attacking options with their failures in the transfer window.
Andy Carroll, Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te are currently the only senior strikers on the books at the club. Jack Sullivan tweeted: "We are also looking at other non-contract players."
Sam Allardyce had wanted to add to his attacking options in the transfer window, but failed to complete any deals in time for the 11pm deadline on Monday.
The Hammers were linked with a deadline day loan move for Demba Ba as well as several strikers from Italy, yet a move failed to materialise.
This came as a huge blow to Allardyce, with star striker Andy Carroll currently out injured. "We're hopeful that he may play a part in the Southampton game. He's training hard and we're hopeful," explained coach Ian Hendon.
"It's not a definite yet. We want him back as soon as possible but we don't want to risk anymore setbacks. He's in good hands with the medical staff."
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