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2nd Nov, 2016 | 6:56pm

West Ham fans react on Twitter as Carlton Cole returns to club

By Will Butcher

West Ham fans have reacted with a mixed response on Twitter after Carlton Cole returned to training with the Hammers.

The former West Ham striker has been looking for a new home after ending his contract with American third-tier side Sacramento Republic prematurely.

Cole, 33, revealed the news to West Ham’s official website, stating that he is aiming to regain his match fitness with the East London outfit until January.

A fan favourite with Hammers fans, Cole played for West Ham for almost a decade after signing from Chelsea in 2006. The striker left the club in 2013, but was instantly resigned before eventually leaving in 2015.

West Ham fans have taken to Twitter with many delighted to see a familiar face around the club, while others are worried that manager Slaven Bilic could be tempted to sign Cole.

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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Surrey-born striker Cole struck 68 league and cup goals during his time with the Hammers, after loan spells with Aston Villa, Wolves and Charlton.

Cole moved on to Celtic before his short stint with the Republic, where he made just four appearances before cutting his contract short.

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