Stoke look set to beat Queens Park Rangers to West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
Neil Warnock hoped to regain some control at Loftus Road by signing the England international from newly relegated West Ham.
Warnock has had a hard week with rumours that his position at the club is not secure and his star player, Adel Taarabt, revealing his wish to leave the club.
The QPR playmaker was quoted in the Mail on Sunday saying: "They want me to stay four years on the same terms.
“I don't want to sign for four years then after one year I am going to be back in the Championship. People say Newcastle will be good for me, that the fans love players like me,"
The acquisition of England striker Cole would have certainly calmed fans down at Loftus Road. Warnock also believes that the signing of Cole could help convince Taarabt to stay, according to reports.
However, it looks as though the 27 year-old will be heading to the Britannia Stadium after it was reported that West Ham accepted a bid from Tony Pulis’ side.
Cole did not have the most fruitful season with the Hammers last year, scoring only five goals, but Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson believes he is a player of real quality who could be a hit with the Potters.
Sorenson said: “He is a much improved player. He was fairly young when I played with him at Villa. He was a little bit indisciplined and needed a lot of work. But he has definitely improved.
"If he came to Stoke, I think he would be a great signing for us."
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