Kevin Nolan back training with West Ham

West Ham United's English midfielder Kevin Nolan (2nd L) vies with Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (L) during the English Premier League football
Image: Kevin Nolan is maintaining his fitness at West Ham

Kevin Nolan is back training with West Ham less than 15 months after being released by the club.

The former Hammers captain has not played since being sacked by Leyton Orient in April following a four-month stint as their player-manager.

Slaven Bilic has given Nolan permission to use the club's facilities at their Rush Green training ground, but Sky sources understand West Ham are not planning to offer the 34-year-old a contract.

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West Ham have won just three of their opening 11 Premier League matches and sit in 17th place, just a point clear of the relegation zone.

Nolan joined West Ham from Newcastle for £4m in June 2011 and played a leading role in their promotion to the Premier League via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs the following May.

West Ham United's captain Kevin Nolan (L), manager Sam Allardyce and goal-scorer Carlton Cole (R) celebrate with the trophy after their victory in the 2012
Image: Carlton Cole (R) is also training with the Hammers

The former Bolton midfielder scored 31 times in 157 appearances during his four years at the Boleyn Ground but was allowed to leave by mutual consent in August 2015.

Meanwhile, Carlton Cole is continuing to train with West Ham following his release from American third-tier side Sacramento Republic.

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