Last Updated: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:20
West Ham appear to have not closed the door fully on Carlton Cole, despite the former Hammers striker failing a medical this week.
Cole was released by Sam Allardyce over the summer but returned to train with his old team-mates last month in a bid to earn a new deal.
When the Hammers boss failed to sign an experienced striker before the transfer window closed on Monday, Cole was given the chance to prove his fitness and the club announced he was undergoing a medical with a view to a new, short-term deal.
However, he failed the health check and his career appears to be in limbo just at the moment.
He may still get the chance to earn a Hammers reprieve, though, as Jack Sullivan, the son of co-chairman David Sullivan, has been quoted as saying that the former Chelsea striker will continue to train with West Ham in a bid to get up to speed.
"Cole is not fit enough to offer a contract to," revealed Sullivan Jnr. "But he's thinking over getting fit with us and improving his fitness."
Sullivan confirmed Sam Allardyce's side are in the market for other free agents, adding: "We are also looking at other non-contract players."
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