Carlton Cole joins Celtic on two-year deal

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Celtic have signed former England striker Carlton Cole until the summer of 2017 after a successful trial with the Scottish champions, according to the club's website.

The 32-year-old has seven caps for England and signs as a free agent after training with Celtic at Parkhead for several weeks. An injury had hindered his chances of signing, but it appears the club have offered the ex-West Ham striker a contract until next summer.

Cole will join Nadir Cifti and Leigh Griffiths in the frontline of the Hoops' attack and will attempt to reduce some of the workload put on the latter, who has been carrying the majority of the goalscoring threat himself this season.


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Upon confirmation of the deal, Cole revealed his excitement: “Being a Celt is not about the money, it’s about wearing the shirt with pride. It was the same at West Ham, if you put on that shirt and wore it with pride, the fans would take to you.

“I had a good rapport with the fans and that’s what I’m here for, as I can see the same sort of thing at Celtic."

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The target man, who scored 85 goals in 380 games during his time in England was released by West Ham after scoring just three goals in 26 games last season.

He turned down a proposed move to the MLS and had impressed Ronny Delia with his efforts in training at the club to regain fitness, to the extent he was offered a one-year contract with the club.

After representing Wolves, West Ham, Charlton and Chelsea in the top flight, Cole will bring experience and support for a strikeforce short on numbers with Anthony Stokes currently out of favour and Stefan Scepovic's loan move to Getafe.

The English striker is ineligible in the Europa League until January but could make his debut when Celtic face Dundee United on Sunday.

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