Stoke lose out as deal for West Ham's Cole breaks down
West Ham striker Carlton Cole's move to Stoke has broken down after the player failed to come to an agreement over wages. The Potters had agreed a fee with the Championship club earlier in the week for the 27-year-old England player.
"The negotiations did not break down because he asked for too much money," a West Ham spokesman told BBC Sport.
"He was discussing wage parity with other key players and was well within his right to do so."