Stoke chasing Cole and Woody

Striker Cole joined fellow England internationals Rob Green and

Scott Parker as part of the Hammers’ 26-man squad that travelled to

Switzerland on Friday for a six-day training camp. The 27-year-old

has been linked with a move to the Potters since the Hammers’

relegation from the Premier League and a deal could now be

completed, for an initial fee of around £4.5million. Coates

said: “Cole’s a player the club is interested in and Tony Pulis has

liked him for a long time, we think he’s a very good player. “It’s

not done and dusted but it’s work in progress. “He’s a player the

club is interested in and Tony Pulis has liked him for a long time,

we think he’s a very good player.” QPR were also thought to be

monitoring Cole’s availability but he could now be set for a move

to the Britannia Stadium, which may end Pulis’ pursuit of

Birmingham forward Cameron Jerome. Meanwhile, Coates has admitted

free agent Woodgate is interesting the club, with a view to a

play-per-play deal being offered to the England international. The

former Middlesbrough, Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Tottenham

defender’s career has been plagued by injury. Coates added on

talkSPORT: “We’re working on that and it’s something we’re prepared

to do. “It’s work in progress but we’re taking a risk. We hope

we’ll be able to do something.”