It looked likely yesterday on deadline day that Cole would link up with the Baggies, but the national newspaper claims he’s been left furious after the Hammers prevented him from leaving.
The reason? West Ham weren’t able to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham, which would have allowed Cole to leave.
That suggests that the Hammers have retained Cole as a squad option, which is a risk if he’s as
He’d arguably stand a better chance of more regular football at West Brom than he’s been getting at West Ham (four Premier League starts this season).
However, he now finds himself confined to West Ham unless he can push for a loan away from the club next week, which seems unlikely considering West Ham’s reported reason for keeping him.
The obvious danger for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is the possibility of having to rely on a player later in the season who is reportedly angry over a failed move.
However, in that instance Allardyce and West Ham fans would back Cole to be a professional and make the most of any opportunity he’s given.