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17 Jul 2011 12:19:15

Carlton Cole happy to stay at West Ham

Carlton Cole insists he remains as committed as ever to West Ham and is happy to spearhead their promotion challenge from the npower Championship - unless told otherwise by the club's hierarchy. The striker's proposed move to Stoke fell through on Friday after the Hammers had already accepted an undisclosed bid for his services from the Barclays Premier League club. Staying put: Carlton Cole appeared to be close to joining Stoke before the move broke down The exact reason as to why the deal collapsed is not known although West Ham released a statement suggesting the England international was unable to agree personal terms, at the same time dismissing reports of an injury as well as speculation his wage demands were too high. And as Cole once again prepares to pull on a claret and blue shirt for Wednesday's friendly at FC Copenhagen, he insists he is ready for what will be a demanding season in the Championship - should the club's board decide not to cash in on his services. 'I am as committed to West Ham as always,' he told the club's official website. Committed: Cole (left) insists he is ready to fire West Ham back to the Premier League 'I am a West Ham player and have no knowledge that is going to be any different. Unless I am told something different, I am a West Ham player and will be doing my all for the team. 'There has been a lot of things reported and that it was a done deal that I was moving to another club, but that is not the case and I want our fans to know, unless I am told anything different, I am as committed as ever to the team and getting the club back in the Premier League.' Cole, 27, joined West Ham from Chelsea in July 2006 and has scored 42 goals in 165 appearances.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMECole set to snub Stoke after Potters chief says signing striker would be risky businessHammers could miss out on Gudjohnsen as Greek side AEK Athens pounceAll the latest West Ham news, features and opinion


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