West United striker Carlton Cole's transfer from Upton Park to Premier League outfit Stoke City looks to have fallen through.[LNB] The exact reason as to why the deal collapsed is not known, although the Hammers released a statement on Friday which attempted to clear up a number of suggestions.[LNB]It read: "Carlton has not asked for a transfer and has remained committed to the club at all times.[LNB]"In being given permission to talk to Stoke, the negotiations did not break down as a result of him asking for too much money. He was discussing wage parity with other key players and was well within his right to do so.[LNB]"Further, there is no issue in terms of his reported 'injury problems'. An England striker, he played 43 games last season."[LNB]The statement added: "Carlton remains part of the West Ham United first-team squad under Sam Allardyce."