West Ham United are delighted to confirm that Carlton Cole has signed a new 18-month contract with the Club.

The England centre forward has been in fine form since re-joining the Hammers on a short-term contract in October 2013, scoring four Barclays Premier League goals in eleven appearances. In all Cole, who also spent seven seasons at the Club between August 2006 and last May, has scored 63 goals in 251 games in Claret and Blue.

Cole's impressive performances this term have been rewarded with a new deal and the striker is now set to play an important role for the Hammers during the second half of the season and beyond.

A real fans' favourite, the 30-year-old ranks joint-16th on the list West Ham's all-time leading goalscorers, tied with 1920s favourite Vivian Gibbins and ahead of the likes of Frank McAvennie, Stan Earle and Paolo Di Canio.

A powerful presence, Cole initially joined West Ham from Chelsea in July 2006, scoring with his first touch on his debut in a 3-1 home Premier League win over Charlton Athletic the following month.

After two seasons on the fringe of the starting XI, Cole became a central figure for the Hammers during the 2008/09 campaign, during which he netted 12 goals in all competitions. Cole would finish as West Ham's leading goalscorer in four straight seasons between 2008/09 and 2011/12.

Cole's form saw the one-time England U19, U20 and U21 international earn a senior debut against Spain in February 2009. He now has seven senior caps to his name.

The most-famous of Cole's West Ham strikes came at Wembley in May 2012, when his first-half goal put Sam Allardyce's side on the way to a 2-1 Championship Play-Off final victory over Blackpool and promotion back to the Premier League.

Following his return to the Boleyn Ground earlier this season, Cole has netted four times in just four starts and seven substitute appearances, scoring in vital Barclays Premier League wins at home to Fulham and away at Cardiff City.

Prior to his initial spell with West Ham, Cole began his career with Chelsea, making his first-team debut for Chelsea in a 3-0 home Premier League win over Everton on 6 April 2002. He scored his first senior goal on his first Chelsea start in a 2-0 Premier League win at Middlesbrough three weeks later.

Cole totalled 35 appearances and eight goals during five years at Stamford Bridge, while also enjoying loan spells with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers and Premier League sides Charlton and Aston Villa.

Away from the pitch, Cole has long supported community and charitable causes, while he is also a talented DJ. The Official Website and West Ham TV will have exclusive reaction from Carlton on Wednesday afternoon.

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