Stoke’s left-winger Matthew Etherington wants his club to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
“If West Ham are willing to let him go, it would be a good move for him to come here,” Etherington told The Sentinel.
“Given the ideas the manager has and the way the club want to push forward, I’d definitely recommend it.
“Coley is a London boy, he’s got a young kid and is settled down there, but he has been this way before on loan at Aston Villa and Wolves.
“It wouldn’t be a problem for him living up here, just as it hasn’t been for me.”
He continued: “I would tell him it was the best move I could have made. It has helped me no end in pushing my career on.
“On his day, he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. When he’s on it, he’s unbelievable – and I’ve witnessed that first hand at West Ham.” (Sky Sports)
Matthew Etherington has urged Stoke City boss Tony Pulis to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole, following reports linking the club with a bid for the England international last week. Cole stood out in a disappointing West Ham side last season, and Etherington wants the striker to make the same move he did just a few seasons ago.
West Ham club owners David Gold and David Sullivan recently revealed that they would listen to bids for every player in the squad, with the exception of captain Scott Parker. If Stoke were to offer a fee close to £10million, it is thought that West Ham would have no choice but to accept, and they already have a ready-made replacement in the form of recent signing Frederic Piquionne.
Avram Grant though may feel differently, with the West Ham manager thought to be unwilling to let his star striker move to a rival club.