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West Ham striker Cole eager to get one over West Brom boss Clarke

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole hopes to put one over West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today.

The Hammers striker, restored to the first-team in Andy Carroll's injury-enforced ­absence, knows Clarke from their time ­together at Chelsea and Upton Park.

He said: "When I was a youth-team player at Chelsea, Steve Clarke was the one who pushed me through to the ­first-team. I've always appreciated him from then.

"When he came to ­Upton Park, I was like, 'Wow, we've got Steve Clarke here, he's going to get the best out of me, I know he loves me as a player', and it helped me. I know he's going to try and bully me, but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. Hopefully, I can outwit him."

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