West Ham release striker Cole again

Carlton Cole heads the list of players leaving West Ham this summer after being released by the club for the second time in two years.

Manager Sam Allardyce left the club on Sunday after it was decided his contract would not be renewed and now striker Cole will follow him out the door when his contract expires on June 30 alongside veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel and Nene.

Young players Kieran Bywater, Sean Maguire, Paul McCallum and Dan Potts will also leave Upton Park, while youth-team players Jerry Amoo, Kieran Bailey and Taylor Tombides have not been retained.

“The Hammers have confirmed that senior professionals Carlton Cole, Guy Demel, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Nene will all leave the club at the end of their contracts on 30 June,” a club statement said.

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Cole was let go by the Hammers in the summer of 2013, but rejoined the club on a short-term deal five months later before penning an 18-month contract in January 2014.

He began his career at Chelsea and had spells on loan at Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa before moving to east London in the summer of 2006.

The 31-year-old, who has seven England caps, made 23 appearances for West Ham last season, scoring against Crystal Palace and Burnley before seeing a move to West Brom collapse in January.

“I’ve been at West Ham United for quite a long time and I’ve enjoyed myself here, with all the ups and downs, the heartaches and everything that came along with it,” he said.

“Wherever my future may lie, West Ham will always have a special place in my heart.”

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