Stoke Make £12 million Bid for Cole
The Sun and The Mirror claim that Carlton Cole is a £12 million target for Stoke. This sounds like one of those moves by owners that they make in order to placate the fans for the purchase of some pony player.
When they bring in some donkey they can then say, "We tried to get the big players but couldn't attract them."
It would be kind of like West Ham claiming that they were trying to sign Henry and Joe Cole. Or am I being too cynical and too trusting that West Ham wouldn't sell Cole to Stoke?
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