West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed ahead of the Hammers' game against Hull that former England striker Carlton Cole will re-join the club once he has reached full fitness.
Speaking to the press, Allardyce said Cole's fitness is improving rapidly:
"We've had Carlton training with us for a while now and as soon as he's fit enough to play there will be an offer of a short term contract on the table there's no doubt about that. That's why he's here with us and that's why we're trying to improve his fitness having missed pre-season.
"As soon as he's ok and suitable terms and conditions have been agreed, which is nothing do with me, then he'll join us for however long the contract is negotiated for."
West Ham have been short in the striker position since the long-term injury to Andy Carroll, with only new signing Mladen Petric and out-of-favour Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te able to play the position.
Allardyce has praised Carlton Cole's professional approach to finding his fitness:
"He's been here on a day by day basis and one of the beauties of this football club is that this club's kept him fit for a long time during his career.
"Carlton has certain training programmes that were built to suit him and keep him available for a selection on a Saturday afternoon. It's always worked very well during the time I've been here."
The West Ham manager says that a deal is being concluded in the next week, but that Cole will not be available on Saturday:
"No my focus is only on the first team squad and the players that are fit. The contract is done behind the scenes by the Chairmen and his agent so at the moment we're just concentrating on the game against Hull City on Saturday.
"I think we're into days [before a deal is confirmed]. We'll play a couple of behind closed doors games just to let him get some match practice and then we'll take it from there."
West Ham will be wanting a result against newly-promoted Hull City this weekend, with the Hammers losing 3-2 to Everton last weekend after Mark Noble was sent off. Leighton Baines scored two fantastic free-kicks before Romelu Lukaku scored a headed winner.
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