West Ham were forced to keep Cole when a move for Emmanuel Adebayor collapsed and the Hammers loyalist could now line-up against the Baggies in the fifth round of the FA Cup tomorrow.
Pulis said: “We thought it was going to be done, as West Ham did at one stage. It was no fault of West Ham’s whatsoever. June or July is a long way off… we’ll see what happens.”
Pulis admits Cole’s physicality would have increased his options saying: “We wanted four forwards. I’ve always thought he was a good player to have in your group. He gives you different options and on his day he is a handful.
“His goalscoring record when he plays is decent. He is different to what we have.”