Not for sale: Carlton Cole
Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their £20m chase for Carlton Cole after West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola insisted he is not for sale.
The England striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Upton Park in January with the Premier League giants keen on Cole.
Owing to the Hammers massive debts, it was thought the 26-year-old would have to be sold at the turn of the year to help ease the club's financial plight.
But Zola says the East Londoners have no intention of cashing in on their prized asset.
He said: 'Carlton is an important player for this team, not only because he scores goals but also for his presence.
'I know Carlton wants to stay and is happy here. The club has no intention of selling him or any of our important players.
'He plays for us and we're very happy with him.
'We're going to make sure we can help him keep on scoring.'
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