Cole hopeful of extending West Ham stay

The striker netted against Fulham after re-signing for the club following his release in the summer, and now hopes to re-establish himself in the side.
West Ham striker Carlton Cole is targeting a goalscoring run to prolong his stay at Upton Park.

The 30-year-old's seven-year association with the club appeared to have ended in the offseason when he was released, but injury to Andy Carroll prompted manager Sam Allardyce to offer Cole a short-term deal in October.

Cole went some way to repaying that decision by scoring the second goal in West Ham's 3-0 triumph over Fulham on Saturday, and he is now hopeful of staying with West Ham beyond January, when his current deal is set to end.

"Once you score you feel you can get in a rhythm and score more so hopefully there will be more to come for me now," Cole told reporters. "Hopefully they will be important goals. I want to keep the momentum and doing the right thing.

"I want to stay, of course, and I'm very confident. I know the ins and outs of the club. Sometimes change is good but I'm here and have been here for so long - I'd like to stay on. It's up to the manager. I can only play my best and try to play to my capacity on the field. Whatever they will do in the future is beyond my control. We'll see how it goes."

Cole has yet to start a match since returning to the club - making four appearances off the bench - and he is targeting a starting role in the near future.

He added: "I'm fit now. I've always been working for my fitness and the manager has been waiting for the right time for me to start. Hopefully I've done myself a favor and will get a start soon. I'll wait for the manager to make the decision."