Fulham have signed experienced striker Andy Cole from Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer.

The 32 year-old had a year remaining on his contract at Blackburn but opted to leave Ewood Park after falling out with Graeme Souness, who made it clear that Paul Dickov would be his first-choice striker this season. Cole, who scored four goals in 15 appearances during a loan stint at Craven Cottage as a youngster in 1991, has signed a two-year contract with Fulham.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman was delighted to sign the veteran striker:

“We’re delighted to have signed Andy. His pedigree speaks for itself. He had a medical yesterday and everything was fine. He joins us for training on Tuesday. There are just one or two things that Blackburn have to sign for his release, but everything has been organised and he’s a Fulham player.

I think Andy’s got a point to prove and he’s still eager. Behind Alan Shearer he’s the Premiership’s highest goalscorer. We’ve been looking at Andy for some time and now was the right moment to move for him, so that’s what we’ve done.

It didn’t work out for him at Blackburn for various reasons but that’s nothing to do with us. We’re very pleased he’s a Fulham player and we’re looking forward to working with him. We need 11 hungry players on the pitch and Andy is still hungry. He wants to succeed and that’s why we’ve brought him to the club.