NEW Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce could make a dramatic move for Celtic target Carlton Cole.
Allardyce was the striker’s manager at West Ham for four years before he was sacked at the end last season.
Cole, who joined the Hammers in 2006 from Chelsea, was then informed his contract would not be renewed.
The former England international, who turns 32 on Monday, has been training with the SPFL champions at Lennoxtown in recent weeks.
Sources claim the free agent is growing frustrated over “the prolonged negotiations” with the Hoops who have yet to make him a firm offer.
Boss Ronny Deila has already insisted he needs more attacking options and the 6ft-plus hitman would add strength and height to his frontline.
Allardyce has agreed a two-year deal with the Wearside outfit and will take over from ex-Rangers gaffer Dick Advocaat who quit last week.
He is already assessing his first team squad and Cole could figure in his plans for a tough campaign ahead.