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Cole joins Essien at Persib Bandung

Persib Bandung have become the eighth club in Cole's increasingly nomadic career. Credit: PA

Former England and West Ham striker Carlton Cole has joined Indonesian side Persib Bandung.

He will be reunited with ex-Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien, who joined the club earlier this month on a one-year contract.

I never knew my career would bring me to Indonesia, [but] this is a great club. I want to pay for the support of the fans by scoring a lot of goals.

Essien joining simplified the process for me to come over here. He's a big player in Europe. The Persib fans are great. I'm happy to be here.

– Carlton Cole to club's official website


West Ham striker arrives at West Brom ahead of move

Former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole has arrived at West Brom for a medical ahead of his potential move from West Ham.

Cole looks set to join West Brom. Credit: PA

Tony Pulis had made it clear he wanted to sign a striker during the winter window, and highlighted Cole as one of his targets after missing out to Crystal Palace on Shola Ameobi.

Cole has scored two goals in 12 Premier League outings for the Hammers this season.

Man bailed in racist tweets to footballer probe

A 22-year-old man has been released on police bail in connection with racist tweets aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole, police said.

Carlton Cole, West Ham United. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The man, from Southend in Essex, was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence after Cole highlighted the messages on the social networking site.

A police spokesman said: "A man from Southend who was arrested in connection with racist football tweets has been released on police bail while the investigation continues.

"The 22-year-old man was arrested on Sunday August 26 following the tweets to West Ham player Carlton Cole. He has been released on police bail until Friday September 28 pending further inquiries."

Man held after alleged racist tweets sent to West Ham striker

Essex Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with alleged racist tweets aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Credit: Press Association

The footballer highlighted the messages on the social networking site which he received following his side's defeat at Swansea yesterday.

Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter had earlier called for police to investigate the racist rant.