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Wednesday 22 May Updated Thursday 19 February

Cole to depart

West Ham United can confirm that long-serving striker Carlton Cole will leave this summer after the Club decided not to renew his contract.

The 29-year-old will depart the Boleyn Ground after seven seasons, during which he made 237 appearances, scored 59 goals and became a firm favourite among Hammers supporters.

He played an important role in the Club's promotion from the npower Championship last season, scoring 15 times, including the opening goal in the Championship Play-Off final victory over Blackpool at Wembley a year ago.

West Ham United would like to thank Carlton for his hard work, goals and outstanding commitment over the past seven seasons and wish him every success in his future career.

The Hammers can also confirm that they remain in talks with midfielder Gary O'Neil over a new contract. The No32 made 27 first-team appearances in 2012/13, scoring once.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce said: "Carlton's contract has come to an end and we have decided not to renew that contract.

"Carlton's need at his age is to be playing football as often as he can. From our point of view we felt it better that he found pastures new.

"We can only thank him for his outstanding commitment and service to West Ham United over the last seven years.

"For Gary, negotiations are ongoing and that will be done between the Chairmen and his agent now."

Young professionals Jake Larkins, Jack Powell, Eoin Wearen and Declan Hunt and scholars Cheye Alexander, Nigel Seidu and Josh Siafa will all leave the Club when their contracts expire this summer.

West Ham United would like to thank all of them for their efforts and wish them every success in the future.

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