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Cole set for Ferdinand reunion?

Filed: Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Carlton is on trial with League One side Southend United.

The Shrimpers - who are captained by Cole's friend and fellow ex-Hammer Anton Ferdinand - have taken the 33-year-old striker on trial with view to offering a permanent deal.

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"Weve got Carlton in at the moment after a recommendation from Sam Allardyce," Blues boss Phil Brown, Allardyce's former assistant manager at Bolton told The Echo. "He will train with the first team.

"Hes returned from Indonesia and we all know what hes done in his career, so well be having a look at him and see where we go from there."

Cole is available on a free transfer having recently departed Indonesian club Persib Bandung, who he left after just six months when the club terminated his ten-month contract early.

Speaking earlier this month, prior to the termination of Cole's contract, Bandung manager Umuh Muchtar slammed the former Hammer for what he perceived to be below-par performances.

"He plays very badly compared to the other (foreign players) who have joined Persib," he moaned. "He had the worst performances."

And that prompted an angry response via social media from Cole, who wrote: "This direct attack on me for the whole season must stop. Look at yourself first before you point fingers at good people.

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"I was very surprised and disappointed what came out of Umuh Muchtar's mouth on Sky Sports News in England. And I would like to clarify I have a great relationship with Persib and everyone connected to the team.

"But this manipulation of the media has to stop somewhere because when you intentionally try to damage my career that I have worked so hard for it starts to get personal."

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