Potters close in on experienced duo

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Stoke City's quest for reinforcements prior to a Europa League bow appears to be finally clicking into gear, as the Potters attempt to bring Carlton Cole and Jonathan Woodgate to the Britannia Stadium.

West Ham striker Cole has been linked with Stoke for some time, and reports last week suggested the Barclays Premier League side had failed in an initial attempt to sign the 27- year-old.

However it would appear that Stoke have returned with an improved offer and, according to chairman Peter Coates, things are starting to progress nicely.


"He'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,” Coates told Sky Sports. "It's not done and dusted but it's work in progress.

Meanwhile, free agent Woodgate - who was released by Tottenham this summer - is also on the radar of the Potteries club.

The 31-year-old defender has had a terribly unfortunate run of injuries in recent years, but Stoke are ready to offer the former Leeds man a chance to prove his fitness.

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

Woodgate made 64 appearances for Spurs during three-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane, having been signed by Juande Ramos from Middlesbrough for £8 million.

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