Stoke City could be set to make a second move for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole this week, but have other options should this not work out.
The England striker looked all set to join from the Hammers for £6m last week, but the deal fell through because of the striker’s wage demands.
It has been reported that Cole was on £40,000 at Upton Park, a contract which included significant bonuses. If he is to move away from this, he is unwilling to take too much of a pay cut.
This was the stumbling block for Stoke as they couldn’t agree on a package for Cole’s wages. However, manager Tony Pulis is still keen to land the striker, so could make a new offer before long.
If this doesn’t work out for a second time, the Potters boss is also monitoring the Peter Crouch situation.
The Spurs forward has been linked heavily with a move away from White Hart Lane with Harry Redknapp looking to raise funds for other transfers.
With Stoke looking to build on their recent successes, they would consider offering a deal to Crouch, one which would guarantee him first-team football.
With the European Championships coming up, the former Portsmouth striker will not be willing to settle for a place on the bench, so if Stoke do come calling, he would have to seriously consider things.
Elsewhere at the Britannia Stadium, Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen as a a back up to England No.1 Joe Hart following the departure of Shay Given to Aston Villa.
Roberto Mancini is aware that Asmir Begovic is the current No.1 for Stoke and could make a move for Sorensen – who has been in contract negotiations with the Potters for six months now – in the next week or so.
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