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West Ham United are believed to be ready to sell striker Carlton Cole in January in order to bring in replacements that can help keep them in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old forward has not had the best of seasons so far, making nine Premier League starts and scoring only one goal in the process.

It echoes of the situation that the Hammers find themselves in, as they have been rooted to the foot of the table for some time now, with relegation looking all too possible.

And The People claims that the east London club are now willing to release the striker, so as to raise funds for replacements to salvage what remains of the campaign and ensure their top-flight status.

It is thought that the alternative would be to sell the inspirational Scott Parker, whose drive was apparent on his return to the side against Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Parker scored as the Hammers won 3-1 to record only their second victory of the season.

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