Carlton Cole is fit and ready to face Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The striker, who re-joined West Ham United on Monday, has been working hard on his physical condition at Chadwell Heath for the past few weeks with the aim of earning a contract with the Hammers.

Having worked hard with strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Columbo for more than a month and proved his fitness in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Charlton Athletic last Thursday, Cole is now hoping to feature against the Sky Blues.

"I'm available for selection," the new No24 confirmed to West Ham TV. "I'll train all week with the team and then it's just up to the manager to see what he wants to do. Hopefully I will make the bench and take it from there."

With Andy Carroll recovering from a plantar fasciitis problem, Cole will battle Croatia international Mladen Petric, Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maiga for the central striker role against Manuel Pellegrini's side - assuming Sam Allardyce picks a recognised forward after opting to go without one in the 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Whatever Big Sam chooses to do tactically, the England international is eager to make his mark.

"Obviously I take pride in playing up there alone and helping the team to try and get results," said Cole. "That's what I'm going to try and do.

"It's no secret how I play. I'm obviously very physical and try to be a presence up front and impose myself on defenders, create space and nick a few goals as well. I hope I can do that up until Christmas and see where that gets me."

Cole's contract runs until 13 January 2014, but the striker knows there is a lot of football left in him, and he would love that football to be in a claret and blue shirt.

"If I'm doing the business and doing well and making a difference in the team, we are in good shape and the manager and the Chairmen want to keep me on, I'll always be available and hopefully we can crack on after that."

News of Cole's return has been met with widespread enthusiasm by West Ham supporters, many of whom are grateful for the big forward's contribution during his previous spell at the Boleyn Ground.

Now, he wants to repay that support by way of goals, hard work and victories.

"Of course me and the fans have been through thick and thin with this Club," he confirmed. "I've been here for quite a while and I know the emotions of us getting relegated and getting back up.

"It wasn't all roses, but I will always have a special bond with the Club because we've been through everything together.

"I think the fact they realise I am a fan and will always be here means I will earn their respect a second time and make a positive impact on the team."

For Cole himself, there also remains the burning ambition to prove to the football world that he has still got plenty left to give at Barclays Premier League level.

"I've always wanted to prove myself and hopefully, with this second chance at West Ham, I can help the team. That's all I want to do. I want us to stay in the top league where we deserve to stay.

"Hopefully I can play a big part in that with my presence on the field and by scoring a few goals here and there."

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