West Ham delay contract talks with Robert Green Carlton Cole

23 September 2011 09:34
West Ham have put contract talks with stars Robert Green and Carlton Cole on hold until the New Year.

The club have been forced to wait until the turn of the year when they hope to assess the likelihood of returning to the Premier League.

Keeper Green will be free to speak to foreign clubs from January 1 as his contract expires next summer.

On hold: Goalkeeper Robert Green's contract expires next summer

West Ham currently lie fifth in the Championship and, according to The Sun, if promotion back to the Premier League looks likely, owners David Sullivan and David Gold will come to the negotiating table.

Green, 31, is enjoying a new lease of life under new boss Sam Allardyce and is happy at West Ham but was heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa in the summer.

Leading light: Carlton Cole will also have to wait to begin contract talks

Whether the former England keeper stays beyond this season depends on the club's finances.

Sullivan and Gold have been forced to shell out around ?40million extra just to keep the wages and bills paid this season following the drop.

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Source: Daily_Mail