Reds were chasing Carlton – Grant

The Hammers squad looks much the same as it did at the start of the

day but there was plenty of talk regarding potential additions and

outgoings. Liverpool were linked with a £9million bid for

Cole, with Ryan Babel reportedly offered in return. Grant told Sky

Sports News: “I think Liverpool were interested (in Cole) at the

last moment, they tried to do something. I don’t think it was an

offer. “(Babel) was one of the suggestions to do or not to do.”

Grant said there was no Tottenham move for key midfielder Scott

Parker and also hinted he had attempted to bring in Spurs striker

Robbie Keane. “Parker? Nothing as far as I know. They know we want

Scott Parker. He’s very important for us. This season is difficult

but we have a project for the next seasons and Scott is very

important. “Robbie Keane is a good striker. Any time he wants to

come he is welcome.”