Cole was poised to join Albion on transfer deadline day having agreed terms and??passed a medical, with the Hammers in turn ready to tie up a deal for Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor.
But as that deal fell through at the last minute, so West Ham pulled the plug??on Cole’s move to the Hawthorns.
Less than two weeks later, Cole is now likely to figure for West Ham in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie.
Pulis said: “That’s the way it spins at times. There was never a deal to be done unless West Ham agreed to it, which was right through to the last minutes of the negotiations.
“West Ham had said right from the start – they were very up front and very??honest – they had to bring someone in before they would let Carlton go, and we??understood that. Both clubs thought it was going to be done at one stage, but it wasn’t, which is no fault of West Ham’s whatsoever.
“David Sullivan even called our chairman (Peace) and spoke to him, and that??shows you how disappointed both parties were.
“But there was never any secret as to what the situation was. If they (West??Ham) had brought someone in Carlton would have been available.
“If they didn’t he was going back, which was made clear, so that was fine. I’ve always thought he’s a good player who gives you different options. On his day he’s a handful, whilst his goalscoring record – when he plays – is decent. For us, he would have been different to what we have.”
Sam Allardyce may have been ready to sell Cole last month but now he is backing the former Chelsea striker to make his mark in claret and blue – particularly in light of Andy Carroll’s injury setback.??
Cole is out of contract in the summer but he started Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw at Southampton and is expected to be handed another start in this Cup tie.
“He’s a very important player for us,” said the West Ham manager. “Certainly he comes more into focus now that Andy is out for a few weeks as well.
“The fact he is there for us, he has never let us down. If needed on Saturday,??hopefully he comes up with the goal. that would be very nice for us and him.
“His character is such that he loves training and he loves football. He is a??very pleasant, very bubbly character and he is one of those lads that doesn’t??throw the toys out of the pram for too long. He comes in and enjoys his life, enjoys training, enjoys playing football. He had a big disappointment but he hasn’t let that affect him too much, which I’m very pleased about.”