West Ham will offer striker Carlton Cole a short-term contract having only released the 29-year-old in the summer.

Cole who scored 59 goals in 237 appearances for West Ham has been training with the Hammers and will be offered a deal once he is fully fit.

"As soon as he's fit enough to play there will be an offer of a short-term contract on the table" manager Sam Allardyce told West Ham's website.

"As soon as he's OK and suitable terms have been agreed then he'll join us."

Former Chelsea frontman Cole who has won seven caps for England spent seven years at Upton Park before his summer release.

Allardyce said at the time of Cole's release in late May: "Carlton's need at his age is to be playing football as often as he can. We felt it better he found pastures new."