Liverpool willing to spend big to land former Chelsea star

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Liverpool are willing to spend around £10 million to bring West Ham striker Carlton Cole to Anfield, according to ESPN Soccernet.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for former striker Peter Crouch recently but have allegedly turned their attention to Cole.

However, they are not willing to pay anywhere near the Hammers’ valuation of the 26-year-old – as the Irons are holding out for £15 million.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had previously been willing to spend a substantial amount on the England international but were turned down by Avram Grant.

Having brought on a number of players this summer, West Ham are reportedly now looking to offload a few and Roy Hodgson will test their resolve with a bigger offer than the Potters’.

And Cole, despite being happy at the Boleyn Ground, would find it hard to resist an offer from Liverpool.

An insider told ESPN: “Carlton would like a move to Liverpool, but they are short on funds as everyone knows.”

If the proposed takeover does happen then there is a good chance the Merseysiders will be able to offer the asking price for the former Chelsea striker.

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