Former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp is on the hunt for a new striker and has identified Carlton Cole as a prime candidate after telling BBC London 94.9 of his interest.
"Carlton is a good player and I like him. He is one of many players we are looking at but if West Ham decide to keep him it can't happen," said Redknapp.
"You need strikers, you can take two off and bring two on and you have got options. When you're struggling with one it's difficult."
QPR currently occupy third in the Championship and look comfortable in the play off places and are just five points off leaders Leicester after their 2-1 win against Doncaster on New Years Day.
With things looking brighter in West London for Harry's men he knows it will be difficult to grab Cole due to amount of injuries at Upton Park.
"It's difficult as he belongs to West Ham still. Sam Allardyce has his own problems with injuries and everything there," said Redkanpp when asked if it would be possible to get his signature.
Cole rejoined West Ham after being released last summer but was thrown a lifeline and offered a short term deal to return to the club back in October. He has netted three times since his return to Upton Park.
The much travelled striker has had spells at Chelsea, Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa before signing for West Ham back in 2006. Cole who has represented England seven times will be looking to show his manager that he can stay away from injuries and prove his worth the side.
West Ham currently occupy nineteenth and have not secured a win for seven games after beating Fulham back in November 3-0.
With QPR only managing to score 26 goals so far this campaign another striker being added to the squad could only benefit the team in front of goal. With Cole managing to breach both the Manchester United and Arsenal defence this season a team in the Championship and looking at promotion could well do with Cole's services.
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