Tony Pulis set to lure £3.5m Carlton Cole from West Ham with a ticket to Europe

30 May 2011 06:25
ShareStoke City are to test West Ham's resolve to keep Carlton Cole with a ?3.5million move to take him from the Championship into Europe.

Manager Tony Pulis has been a long-time admirer of Cole and has not been put off by the 27-year-old's disappointing form during West Ham's relegation season.

The England striker scored only five Premier League goals and failed to find the net after February but Pulis, who has helped turn around the careers of players like Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington, believes he can do the same for Cole, whose pace and power would be a huge asset at the Britannia Stadium.

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West Ham are looking to cut costs after dropping out of the Premier League with Rob Green and Scott Parker set to leave with Cole.

Two more of their England internationals, Matthew Upson and Kieron Dyer, have been released.

Pulis will look to boost his squad this summer with the club's run to the FA Cup final earning them a Europa League place.

A striker is top of his priority following his decision not to sign John Carew on a permanent basis following his loan spell from Aston Villa.

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