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Cole vows to battle on for hammers

CARLTON Cole insists he remains as committed as ever to West Ham and is happy to spearhead their promotion challenge from the Championship -- unless told otherwise by the club's hierarchy.

"I am as committed to West Ham as always," he said. "There has been a lot of things reported and that it was a done deal that I was moving to another club, but that is not the case and I want our fans to know, unless I am told anything different, I am as committed as ever to the team and getting the club back in the Premier League."

West Ham have also pulled out of a deal to sign Eidur Gudjohnsen. The 32-year-old striker, available on a free transfer after leaving Stoke, was poised to join the Hammers on a one-year deal after passing a medical.

But boss Sam Allardyce, who worked with the Iceland international during his time in charge of Bolton, has ended his interest after Gudjohnsen hesitated in signing, with reports in Greece suggesting AEK Athens have offered him a two-year contract.

Irish Independent