Stoke agree fee for Carlton Cole
Stoke have agreed a fee with West Ham for striker Carlton Cole and are set to hold talks with the striker upon his return from a training camp in Switzerland.
Potters chairman Peter Coates told Sky Sports News: ''We have agreed terms with West Ham, that's done. Now it's a case of can we agree terms with Carlton?''
Cole joined West Ham from Chelsea in July 2006 and has scored 42 goals in 165 appearances. But he found the net just five times in the Premier League last season and is now poised to move on in the wake of the Hammers' relegation.
The fee is believed to be an initial £4 million with a possible £2 million add-ons.
Coates admits this is not the first occasion Stoke have attempted to sign Cole but is hoping this time a move will come to fruition.
''We come from two different places. He has got an injury problem - he has always had that - and that is a risk you take so we have to factor that in,'' he said. ''But he is a good player and Tony has always liked him. Manager's like different players but Tony has always liked him.
''I think we've tried to sign him around three times over the past few years without succeeding so maybe we will get somewhere this year.''
Cole is currently away in Switzerland as part of the Hammers' 26-man squad that travelled on Friday, which Coates admits has delayed a potential deal.
''We're still on the case,'' he added. ''The team is still away at the moment. They come back Thursday this week, I think. Tony [Pulis] likes to be around for these things.
''Now we've done a deal with the club it really needs his input with the player because he likes to talk to them and make sure they are on board, and he is on board and everything is ok from his point of view. But we see that work in progress and hope that something can be done.''