Premier League: West Ham's Carlton Cole relaxed over Upon Park future

Image: Carlton Cole: The striker was linked with a move to Turkey in the January transfer window

Carlton Cole is not panicking over his West Ham United future despite his contract being set to expire at the end of the season.

On-loan Andy Carroll has been preferred by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and the Liverpool striker is expected to complete a permanent move in the summer. But there is no animosity from Cole, a 2005 signing from Aston Villa, towards his squad-mate. "I've seen a lot of strikers come and go at this club. I've been here seven years,' said Cole. "You've got to understand it's not a joke. If another striker comes in, I'll welcome him with open arms but I'm always there to push you. "Right now I'm not playing but I'm still pushing Andy to make sure he plays well. "My contract is up in the summer. It's the first time I've ever been in this position. It's no slight on my behalf or the club's behalf why it's like that."

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