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Grant Hammers home his point about Cole

By | 3rd August 2010

West Ham United manager Avram Grant has quashed speculation linking striker Carlton Cole with a move away from Upton Park.

According to the Israeli, who has previously been in charge at Chelsea and Portsmouth, Cole’s strong pre-season form coupled with a credible goal-scoring record last season means that there is no reason why the player should be sold.

After Cole scored his fourth pre-season goal in five matches against Ipswich Town on Saturday, former Hammers winger Matthew Etherington hoped for a reunion with the striker at Stoke City.

Despite reports suggesting that the Potters are lining up a £9 million move for Cole, Grant told the Daily Star that he will not be listening to any offers.

“I don’t want to sell him. He works hard, his attitude is good and he is a good player.

“I think the new system has helped him. We also have a team that know how to play football so they can give him the pass at the right time,” Grant added about the 4-3-3 formation that has brought the best out of Cole.

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