Birmingham open West Ham talks for striker Cole

Birmingham City have opened talks with West Ham United for striker Carlton Cole.

The Daily Mail says Cole, 26, was not included in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional England World Cup squad following a season ravaged by injuries, in which he scored just 10 goals.

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan last month revealed that every player at Upton Park - except the club's player of the year Scott Parker - is up for sale and Alex McLeish has responded with an immediate end of season bid for Cole, who is valued at £10million.

With West Ham looking to reduce their mounting debts this summer, high-earner Cole could be the first playing casualty after boss Gianfranco Zola was sacked on Monday.

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