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Marseille to launch bid for West Ham striker Cole

Olympique Marseille are chasing West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.

The Sun says the French giants are bossed by Didier Deschamps, who spent the 1999-2000 season at Chelsea, while Cole was in the Blues' academy.

Deschamps now wants the West Ham and England hitman to boost a Marseille side that has just 17 goals in 16 Ligue 1 games this term.

Championship outfit West Ham value Cole, 28, at £6million. But Marseille, who can offer Champions League football, are not willing to go that high.

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