Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee has called upon West Ham to re-sign Carlton Cole in the wake of Andy Carroll's latest injury set-back.
Cole is a free agent after his Upton Park contract expired at the end of last season, and although he was said to have been in talks with the club before the transfer window shut, no deal materialised.
Although the Hammers have secured the signature of Croatian international Mladen Petric, former striker Cottee has suggested Cole would be an ideal signing.
He told talkSport: "If you are going to have someone as a back-up to Andy Carroll, surely Carlton Cole is that man. I don't know why he didn't sign a new contract."
With Carroll out and Cole not agreeing a new deal, the club were left short of attacking options and Cottee isn't convinced by the back-up options available to manager Sam Allardyce.
"They now need to work really hard to get him back to some match fitness because Maiga has been poor in the first two or three games of the season, Vaz Te is unsettled and Elliot Lee is a good player, but he is only 18 years of age," Cottee continued.
Following the well-documented failure to bring in a frontman on deadline day, Allardyce has since completed the signing of Mladen Petric and Cottee insists the pressure is on both the club and player.
"They are really struggling in terms of who plays up front for the club. They need Carlton Cole back fit and there is obviously going to be pressure on Petric to hit the ground running," he said.
Cottee's views have been backed up by West Ham's start to the season. They've netted just twice in their opening three league games, courtesy of midfielders Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan.
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