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West Ham striker Cole discusses West Brom transfer collapse

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has spoken of missing out on a move to West Bromwich Albion.

The Hammers meet West Brom in the FA Cup on the weekend.

Cole said: "Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan said to me it would be something else if I could score the winner at West Brom for West Ham given what went on in the transfer window.

"I was upset at the time because I wasn't playing here as much as I wanted to.

"So when a team shows interest in you and offers you game time and it doesn't come off you might react this way.

"The manager has talked to me since that and we have moved on from there. It wasn't personal and these things happen in football.

"I just have to get on with it and be professional and wait for my chance to come to start and it did against Southampton."

Cole added: "I was over there and the deal didn't go through.

"The gaffer kept faith in me obviously by starting me against Southampton when I didn't expect it. I want to try to put a solid performance in.

"He knows what he gets from me and that's probably what Tony Pulis saw as well."

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