Crystal Palace are ready to offer Carlton Cole a Premier League lifeline, after the striker was released for a second time in a matter of months by West Ham, according to reports from The Mirror.

The 30-year-old’s short-term contract at Upton Park expired yesterday, with the Hammers opting not to extend his stay due to Lacina Traore nearing a loan switch to East London and Andy Carroll returning from injury.

Cole was cut loose by Sam Allardyce over the summer, before being re-signed shortly after the start of the season to ease the club’s attacking shortages.

Despite having netted in West Ham’s weekend win over Cardiff, ‘Big Sam’ has deemed the powerful forward as unworthy of a new deal, which has seen him cast aside.

This has alerted Tony Pulis, who is keen to bolster his Crystal Palace frontline.

The Eagles have enjoyed an extended period of good form after a woeful star t to the season, and now the ex-Stoke chief is confident that with one or two additions he can steer them clear of relegation – which looked to be a certainty under Ian Holloway at the start of this term.

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