Carlton Cole’s proposed move from West Ham to Stoke City appears to have met with a stumbling block and may not now go through.
Stoke agreed a deal for the striker earlier this week, but the London club have now said that Cole would be remaining with them. There was no reason given for the move collapsing but West Ham released a statement which seemed to suggest the England international was unable to agree personal terms.
It read: “Carlton has not asked for a transfer and has remained committed to the club at all times. In being given permission to talk to Stoke, the negotiations did not break down as a result of him asking for too much money.”
“Further, there is no issue in terms of his reported ‘injury problems’. An England striker, he played 43 games last season. He was discussing wage parity with other key players and was well within his right to do so.
The statement added: “Carlton remains part of the West Ham United first-team squad under Sam Allardyce.”