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Stoke in for Cole and Woodgate

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Stoke chairman Peter Coates has admitted the club are negotiating moves for Carlton Cole and Jonathan Woodgate.

The West Ham striker has been linked with a move to the Potters since the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League and a deal could now be completed, for an initial fee of around £4.5million.

Coates told talkSPORT: "Cole's a player the club is interested in and Tony Pulis has liked him for a long time, we think he's a very good player. It's not done and dusted but it's work in progress."

QPR were also thought to be monitoring Cole's availability but he could now be set for a move to the Britannia Stadium, which may end Pulis' pursuit of Birmingham forward Cameron Jerome.

Meanwhile, Coates has admitted free agent Woodgate is interesting the club, with a view to a play-per-play deal being offered to the England international.

The former Middlesbrough, Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Tottenham defender's career has been plagued by injury.

Coates added: "We're working on that and it's something we're prepared to do.

"It's work in progress but we're taking a risk. We hope we'll be able to do something."

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