Newcastle United are being linked with a summer swoop for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.
The Upton Park fire sale is expected to start in earnest at the conclusion of the season on Sunday, with England international Cole thought to be one of those heading for the exit door in east London.
Hammers co-chairman David Gold admitted last weekend that keeping hold of players will be difficult should the side go down, and confirmed relegation following the 3-2 defeat at Wigan on Sunday means a player exodus is expected.
Newcastle United appear to be one of the first clubs ready to pounce, with various reports in the British press claiming a £7 million offer will be made for the former Chelsea striker.
With the Magpies searching for an Andy Carroll replacement after he was sold to Liverpool for £35 million in January, Cole could potentially fit the bill at a relatively low fee given the situation at West Ham.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has also signed Cole in the past, bringing him to the Hammers in 2006 whilst manager of the club.
Whilst question marks could be raised over the striker's temperament, current Toon striker Peter Lovenkrands has told all prospective summer signings to leave their egos at the door when they arrive at St James' Park.
“Hopefully there’ll be a couple of new arrivals in the summer, but whoever comes into the club will have to buy in to the spirit that’s already here," said the Newcastle forward.
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