Chicago Fire confirm interest in ex-West Ham forward Carlton Cole, but no formal offers made

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Reports out of England peg Chicago as a possible landing spot for recently released West Ham striker Carlton Cole, but Chicago Fire manager Frank Klopas said his club hasn't put a deal on the table just yet.

“We haven't made an offer to him, at least as far as I know,” Klopas said on Tuesday.

In recent weeks Klopas has talked about adding a striker, even with newly acquired forward Mike Magee scoring four goals in his first four games with the club.

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After last week's US Open Cup win over Columbus, Klopas made it clear that Chicago still need to make additions, and Cole would seem to fit the bill of a player the club desires. The Englishman's name has come up in connection to MLS clubs throughout the season.

Klopas didn't deny that Cole is a player Chicago would be interested in, but the Fire coach wouldn't say whether his club had spoken with the player.

“He's a striker, yeah,” Klopas said when asked about the club's interest. “We're looking at options [up top], for sure. We talked about it early. But we haven't made an offer to Carlton Cole.”