Carlton Cole’s West Ham exit is for the best, says Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce thanks Carlton Cole for his "outstanding commitment" to West Ham after confirming striker has been released

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Sam Allardyce has thanked Carlton Cole for his “outstanding commitment” to West Ham United after confirming the striker has been released by the club.

The 29-year-old forward spent seven seasons at the east London club, scoring 59 goals in 237 appearances since moving to Upton Park from Chelsea in 2006.

“Carlton’s contract has come to an end and we have decided not to renew that contract,” Allardyce told West Ham’s website.

“Carlton’s need at his age is to be playing football as often as he can. From our point of view we felt it better that he found pastures new.

“We can only thank him for his outstanding commitment and service to West Ham United over the last seven years.”

West Ham co-chairman David Gold also paid tribute to the departing striker, tweeting: “Good luck @CarltonCole1 one of the nicest men I’ve ever met in football.”

Meanwhile, Allardyce also confirmed that the Hammers are in negotiations with midfielder Gary O’Neil over a new contract.

He added: “For Gary, negotiations are ongoing and that will be done between the Chairmen and his agent now.”

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