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West Ham Plan £9m Manchester City Raid In Case they Lose Carlton Cole

Upton Park boss prepares for worst case scenario.

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July 28, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America - 28 July 2010: Manchester City's Silva Jo. Manchester City defeated Club America on penalty kicks in the Aarons International Soccer Challenge in Atlanta, Georgia.

West Ham boss Avram Grant is looking to snap up Manchester City striker Jo should he lose the services of Carlton Cole. The Brazilian international has found himself falling down the pecking order at Eastlands and may well miss out on a place in Roberto Mancini’s 25 man squad for the coming Premier League season.

The Upton Park boss is hoping to keep England international Cole at the club but a number of clubs are circling the former Chelsea man and Grant is looking for alternatives should the club lose their main attacking threat. 23 year old Jo hasn’t been a big success at City but had a decent loan spell at Everton a couple of seasons ago and not such a good time of it at Goodison Park last season but he has been in the goals in pre-season action.

Mancini would probably accept around half of the large £18m fee the club paid CSKA Moscow two year ago.

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