Hammers striker Cole rejected two bids to stay and help relegation fight

15 February 2010 12:23
World Cup hopeful Carlton Cole has revealed he rejected two offers to quit West Ham in the January transfer window because he is committed to guiding Gianfranco Zola's side out of the relegation dogfight.

The England striker has recently returned from two months on the sidelines and scored the second in the Hammers' 2-0 vital league win over Birmingham last week.

And his impressive form this season, celebrating eight goals in 17 league outings, has seen him linked with £18million moves away from east London with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all mooted to be interested.

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But Cole, 26, wants to stay and repay the faith of the club's supporters and manager, who has honed him into one of the leading English attackers and boosted his chances of securing a dream spot in Fabio Capello's summer squad for South Africa.

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Source: Daily_Mail