Cole wants to stick with Hammers

The 26-year-old World Cup hopeful has been tipped with a move away

from Upton Park, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all

reportedly interested. But Cole’s only target is to make a swift

recovery from the knee ligament injury he suffered against Burnley

a fortnight ago and help the struggling Hammers avoid the drop.

Cole told the Evening Standard: “I haven’t heard anything about a

move. I love West Ham. I just want to get back to playing and I

can’t do anything while I’m injured. “I have to build up the

muscles and do some rigorous rehab work to protect the knee and it

is going to be like that for the rest of my career. “Hopefully, I

will be back some time in January. I just need to get back fit and

help the Hammers.” That day cannot come soon enough for manager

Gianfranco Zola, who saw West Ham slip into the relegation zone on

Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at Birmingham. Cole has scored seven

goals in seven league appearances this season. The Hammers tackle

fellow strugglers Bolton tomorrow night having not won away from

Upton Park since the opening day of the season. But Cole is

convinced that Zola is the man to guide West Ham to safety. “It’s

natural when things are going bad that it’s all doom and gloom but

the manager is the best I have worked with,” said Cole, who has

also played under Jose Mourinho and Alan Curbishley. “He’s put

faith in the players and we’re trying to respond. We’re just not

getting the rub of the green at the moment but we’re working very

hard.” West Ham will be without Mark Noble, who was sent off at St

Andrew’s at the weekend, and they have injury doubts over Luis

Jiminez and Matthew Upson. Kieron Dyer could return to the starting

side after hitting the post during an impressive appearance off the

bench against Birmingham.