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West Ham United have turned down the chance to re-sign former Hammer Carlton Cole and have instead signed 32-year-old Croatian international Mladen Petric until the end of the season. 

Released by Fulham at the end of last season, Petric scored five times in 23 appearances for the Cottagers.

Petric scored 38 goals in 99 games for Hamburg before signing for Fulham, and scored the winning goal at Wembley to knock England out of Euro 2008.

Speaking to West Ham's official website, he said: "I'm very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game.

"I know [the Premier League] and I'm happy to be back in the Premier League, because it's a fantastic league and I'm really looking forward to being part of this team and this Club.

"There are a lot of good players here and I'm happy to be part of such a good team and I hope we can all celebrate my first goal for West Ham as soon as possible.

"I didn't speak to Sam [Allardyce] until today but I've heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg and I'm sure I'll have a good time here.

"I remember playing at West Ham last year and it was a very tough game for us at Fulham. I think we lost 3-0! It's not easy to come here [as the away side] and take points away."

The signing of Petric comes after news West Ham's record signing Andy Carroll could be out until 2014.

West Ham were short of strikers with Modibo Maiga linked with a loan move away and Ricardo Vaz Te out of favour at the Boleyn Ground.

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