The Manchester City faithful will certainly have enjoyed Carlton Cole’s demolition of Manchester United’s back line on Tuesday at Upton Park, but apparently not as much as Roberto Mancini, who is believed to be gearing up a move for the West Ham striker in January.
Rumours of City’s interest have lead to Avram Grant putting a transfer value of £10m on Cole, which will do little to deter City, and if Cole’s form continues would seem a bit of a bargain.
However, according to ESPN Soccernet, West Ham will, in fact, welcome any offers for Cole after a falling out between him and his manager, following the recent defeat to Liverpool when Cole publicly criticised Grant. The aftermath saw Cole dropped from the side for the Hammers’ game against Wigan in the Premiership.
Birmingham City, Fulham, Liverpool, Stoke City and Sunderland were all linked with moves for Cole last summer, and at the time West Ham priced their striker out of a move, demanding in excess of £15m. Yet now with Avram Grant desperate for funds to rebuild his squad, a cut-price move for Cole in January looks to be the only option, with fears mounting that next summer will be too late.
Meanwhile, Mancini will hope that Carlton Cole will prove the key to unlocking not only United’s defence, but the trophy cabinet as well.