Carlton Cole is edging closer to becoming the sizeable centre-forward Tony Pulis has dreamt about bringing to West Brom since he took over at the Hawthorns.
The West Ham striker has been very much an ancillary character for Sam Allardyce’s side this term, though has still found the net three times.
His physical presence, not his goal-getting acumen, is what Pulis finds most endearing and Cole is sure to be more involved in the west Midlands in the latter part of the campaign.
However, West Ham have stated their intention is to bag a replacement before tonight’s 11pm deadline if Cole is sold, leaving plenty of ponderous Hammers to mull over potential acquisitions.
One potential arrival is Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor, who is very much out of favour at White Hart Lane.
The temperamental Togolese goal-getter isn’t exactly prolific, but in terms of stature and ability to hold up the ball, he would be a fitting replacement for departing Cole.
Adebayor savoured a semi-successful loan deal at Real Madrid following a January move in 2010/11, scoring seven goals in nine starts in La Liga and the Champions League.
Sam Allardyce has a history of revitalising the careers of veterans who have lost their way throughout his time in management and, assuming the deal would be a temporary one, the former Arsenal marksman’s wages would surely fit their budget.