Transfer news: Carlton Cole confirms West Ham departure

Carlton Cole: Striker has confirmed he is leaving West Ham

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West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has confirmed he is leaving Upton Park after seven years with the club.

The former Chelsea striker, who had slipped down the pecking order this season, scored 47 goals in 227 league appearances for the Hammers.

He tweeted: "Life is filled with ups & downs today is a down but i'll be back! Carlton Cole/CFC as i have been called has left the building #UNDERCHUFFED

"I want to thank the West Ham fans for their support especially the 1's who made the away games feel like a home 1"