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Carlton's coming home

Filed: Friday, 27th September 2013
By: Staff Writer

Carlton Cole is expected to officially return to West Ham ahead of this weekend's trip to Hull on a short-term contract.

The former England international left Upton Park at the end of last season but is believed to be on the verge of completing a short-term deal that will bring him back to the club until the end of the year.

Cole, whose refusal to accept West Ham's original contract offer has already cost him in excess of a quarter-of-a-million pounds in lost wages is still far from match fit, but with only 14 matches between now and January will be expected to hit the ground running.

Usually active on Twitter, the striker has been relatively quiet as of late. His most recent comments regarding his future came almost a fortnight ago, when he said: "I am currently working on my fitness to get to acceptable levels before I sign anywhere.

"West Ham are assisting me with this. In other words, I am doing a mini pre-season."

The 29-year-old's impending arrival is further bad news for Modibo Maiga, who is already facing stiff competition for a starting spot from recent arrival Mladen Petric.

Maiga has featured in six games already this season without a goal, meaning it is now nine months since he last scored for West Ham; that coming in the famous 3-1 win over Chelsea last December.

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