Stoke chairman Peter Coates denies bid for Carlton Cole
Cole has won seven caps for England
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has dismissed newspaper reports that the FA Cup finalists have made a bid for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.
It was claimed that the Potters had made a club record £9m offer for the 27-year-old England international.
"Those reports are unfounded and it is not the case whatsoever," Coates told BBC Radio Stoke. "We've not made a single bid in any way, shape or form."
It is the second consecutive summer that Stoke have been linked with Cole.
Speaking in August 2010, after reportedly making an offer for the striker, manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "There's no truth in it at all. They've got to fill their papers and fill their television programmes."
Former Chelsea trainee Cole is one of a number of players expected to leave Upton Park in the summer, following the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Coates has also said Stoke will not be making an offer for Blackpool's sought-after captain Charlie Adam.
The Scotland international midfielder is set to leave Bloomfield Road after a stand-out season in the Premier League with the Seasiders, in which he scored 13 goals in all competitions.
"I don't think the manager is interested in him," said the Stoke chairman. "He's not mentioned him to me so I assume he's not interested in him."
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