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West Ham slap 20m price tag on Liverpool target Carlton Cole

12 Nov 2009 14:22:24

West Ham slap 20m price tag on Liverpool target Carlton Cole

West Ham will demand £20million from Liverpool for Carlton Cole. The Hammers are braced for the Reds to head a number of clubs making their move for the England striker in the January transfer window. Net gains: Carlton Cole has emerged as West Ham's leading goalscorer Although boss Gianfranco Zola is desperate to hang on to his star man, the London side are under pressure to sell in the New Year. They are now owned by Icelandic investment bank Straumur, who have to satisy creditors themselves. Cash crisis: Gianfranco Zola Cole, who signed a new five-year contract last year, is not pressingfor a move away as he dreams of making the England squad for nextsummer's World Cup finals. Yet, he may have no choice but to move on as the Hammers attempt to bring in any funds they can. Cole, who turns 26 today, has emerged as one of the Barclays Premier League top strikers after reigniting his career under former Chelsea team-mate Zola. The Italian could also face bids for his other big names, notably Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Valon Behrami.  Liverpool join Carlton Cole's suitors: West Ham braced for January Kop raidCarlton Cole and Emile Heskey injuries open door to Michael Owen for EnglandCarlton Cole vows to raise his game as West Ham striker sets his sights on World CupWEST HAM UNITED FC


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