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West Ham striker Andy Carroll is yet to play for the club since completing his £15m move from Liverpool

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Carroll is yet to play for the Hammers since completing his permanent move from Liverpool in the summer

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Andy Carroll desperate to make West Ham return

The England striker has returned to training

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Villas-Boas hit out at both Alan Sugar and journalists who have criticised him recently but Allardyce claims you have to take it on the chin

West Ham striker Carlton Cole scores against Fulham in the Premier League

West Ham 3 Fulham 0: Carlton Cole eyeing contract extension and hopes goal against Cottagers is the first of many

Cole came off the bench to score the Hammers' second goal and hopes to prolong his stay at the club having initially been released in the summer

Martin Jol is under pressure following Fulham's defeat to West Ham

West Ham 3 Fulham 0 match report: More misery for Martin Jol as Mohamed Diamé inspires West Ham

Fulham manager eyes the exit door as Allardyce’s men snap out of their own slump with a confident second-half display to earn first win in six

Martin Jol (left) and Sam Allardyce both know defeat at Upton Park today could result in the sack

Tricky times for Sam Allardyce and Martin Jol as West Ham fails to cut mustard

Gloom in the east, doom in the west. Or, to put it another way, a couple of ‘hams’ in a pickle. This afternoon Fulham cross the capital to take on West Ham at Upton Park in what has become a time of anxious uncertainty for both. There is one sure thing about Saturday, though: by tea-time one side will have been booed off.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll injury: England striker to return to training with West Ham

The centre-forward is not expected to make an appearance before January

West Ham midfielder Joe Cole could force through a January move away form the club after his early substitution in the defeat to Chelsea

Joe Cole could seek West Ham exit in January after being hauled off early during defeat to Chelsea

Cole was visibly fuming when he was replaced after 40 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to his former club

Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot

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