Nottingham Forest are lining up an ambitious move by trying to lure West Ham United striker Carlton Cole to the club this summer.

The former England International striker will be heavily courted over the next few months, with sides from the Championship and Premier League looking to tie down his services.

Manager Billy Davies has put Cole at the top of his summer shopping list, with the forward leaving Upton Park, with his contract expiring at the end of June.

The 29-year old has spent the last six years at Upton Park after joining for an undisclosed fee from London rivals Chelsea in 2006 on a four-year contract.

He has made 237 appearances for the Hammers, being part of the squad which has been relegated and promoted during his time at the club, and has scored 59 goals during his tenure.

Cole had a short spell at International level gaining handful of caps for England, after making his debut against Spain in 2009.

It will be an interesting summer ahead for the powerful front man, and if he makes a move to he Championship side he maybe joined at the City Ground by Billy Sharp, who has spent time on loan at the club last season.