Potters close on Cole capture

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Stoke City are on the verge of completing a long awaited deal with West Ham United for striker Carlton Cole.

The Potters had been in talks with the Upton Park outfit for some time now, and Stoke Chairman Peter Coates has finally confirmed that the two clubs have reached an agreement over the player.

"We have agreed a deal with West Ham, that's done, it's now about agreeing with Carlton and his agent."

Coates also confirmed that Stoke had been chasing Cole for three years, and are now on the verge of bringing the England international to the club.

West Ham rejected a £3 million offer for the 27-year-old at the end of June, and reports claim the Potters have added an extra £1.5 million to their original offer for the player.



Stoke's chairman pointed out that Tony Pulis was the driving force behind the deal, saying: "He's a good player and Tony has always liked him.

With the manager and first team away on a pre-season tour of Austria, Coates finished by saying that the deal would be done while Pulis was away, and that the player and club will have to play a waiting game until he returns.

"We're still on the case," he added.

"The team is still away at the moment. They come back Thursday this week, I think. Tony likes to be around for these things.

"Now we've done a deal with the club it really needs his input with the player because he likes to talk to them and make sure they are on board, and he is on board and everything is ok from his point of view."

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