Britannia Stadium welcomes Upton Park hero.
Stoke City have agreed a £6million transfer fee with West Ham United for striker Carlton Cole.
The 27-year-old is currently in Switzerland on the Hammers pre-season training tour but will fly back for talks with Potters boss Tony Pulis.
Cole joined West Ham from Chelsea in July 2006 and has scored 42 goals in 165 appearances.
The fee is believed to be an initial £4million with a possible £2million add-ons for a player who only managed five goals last season as West Ham were relegated.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates admits this is not the first occasion Stoke have attempted to sign Cole but is hoping this time a move will come to fruition.
“We have agreed terms with West Ham, that’s done,” he told Sky Sports. “Now it’s a case of can we agree terms with Carlton?
“We come from two different places. He has got an injury problem – he has always had that – and that is a risk you take so we have to factor that in.
“But he is a good player and Tony has always liked him. Manager’s like different players but Tony has always liked him.
“I think we’ve tried to sign him around three times over the past few years without succeeding so maybe we will get somewhere this year.”