West Ham are considering a contract offer for former Chelsea defender and current free-agent Khalid Boulahrouz, according to Metro.

Sam Allardyce is currently looking at free agents after failing to reinforce his squad towards the end of the transfer window.

And Boulahrouz, 31, is currently without a club after being released by Sporting Lisbon at the end of last season, tempting Allardyce to further strengthen his defence.

Boulharouz signed for Chelsea from Hamburg in 2006 for £8.5million, but made just 20 appearances in all competitions before being shipped out to Sevilla on loan the following season. He was then sold to Stuttgart for around £4million.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s hopes of re-signing Carlton Cole appear to have ended after Jack Sullivan, co-chairman David Sullivan’s son, tweeted that he was too unfit to offer a contract to:

The decision not to sign Cole means West Ham remain light up front, with just the want-away Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maiga as options while record-signing Andy Carroll nurses his heel injury.