Exclusive: AFC Wimbledon boss provides update on Carlton Cole – as ex-West Ham, Chelsea and Charlton striker continues to train with Dons

West Ham United's Carlton Cole (left) and Everton's John Stones battle for the ball

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has admitted that a deal for Carlton Cole is not straightforward – with the experienced striker requiring international clearance.

The 34-year-old striker has been training with the Dons for a number of weeks and scored for their development side last week.

Croydon-born Cole has an impressive CV that includes Chelsea, Charlton, West Ham United and Celtic. His last club was Indonesian side Persib Bandung.

Ardley told the South London Press: “Carlton’s agent spoke to Simon Bassey [first-team coach] and asked about him coming in. This was back in November and we said yeah.

“It’s local for him and at the same time we get a look at him. There is no harm done and it is good to have someone like that around the place.

“He’s trained really hard – because he hasn’t played for two years and was miles off it. He had been working with our sports science guy Jason [Moriarty] before finally joining in first-team training.

“It is a difficult one. We’re having a look at him and other options to try and work out the best way to go forward.

“We’re only able to watch him in a couple of games and we’re going to have to get international clearance because his last club was in Indonesia. There are lots of complications to sign him. There are probably a few risks attached – or players we have tracked for a while that are probably more of a runner or a younger version who can run around a little more than Carlton does nowadays.”

1 Comment on "Exclusive: AFC Wimbledon boss provides update on Carlton Cole – as ex-West Ham, Chelsea and Charlton striker continues to train with Dons"

  1. Get him in carlton will keep us up

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