Stoke’s interest in Cole is thought to have cooled with the signing of Kenwyne Jones and Liverpool are now set to step up their interest in as Roy Hodgson looks to increase his attacking options. Finding a new striker is Hodgson’s top priority and is understood to be searching for a strike partner for Fernando Torres when he returns from injury.
With Mascherano looking certain to be leaving Liverpool, the money gained from the transfer is going to be used to fund a bid for the West Ham star, though complications could arise as some reports have claimed that the Hammers would be looking to receive up to £20 million for Cole who scored ten Premier League goals last season despite missing a big chunk of it through injury.
A price tag this high might be enough to make Hodgson consider other options such as bringing Zamora to the club as he is a player that he has worked with before or bringing Crouch back to Anfield, though I personally would prefer Cole on account of his youth and the great potential he has shown throughout his career.
Dependant on if the two clubs manage to come to an agreement on his value I believe that extra goals provided by a striker of Cole’s quality coupled with the new found sense of optimism that has been instilled with the arrival of Hodgson as manager could be exactly what the club needs in order to bounce back from last seasons disappointment.
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