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Zola not chasing Neill

24 Aug 2009 17:14:07

Zola not chasing Neill

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola claims re-opening contract talks with Lucas Neill are 'not a priority'. The Australian international is currently without a club after seeing his previous deal with the Hammers expire at the end of last season. Zola had been keen to tie the combative full-back down on new terms, with talks regarding such an agreement having taken place. However, no paperwork has been signed and Neill remains a free agent. He is now believed to have spoken with Turkish giants Galatasaray about a move to Istanbul. That has left Zola frustrated and the Italian coach admits he will not be looking to track down Neill any time soon. He said: "He was in talks with West Ham, then I find out he was in talks with Galatasaray and with Sunderland. Now I don't know what's going on. "But he's out, and that's no good for him. For the moment, he's not our priority in that position." Meanwhile, Scott Parker has offered support to Carlton Cole after the striker's mistake gifted Tottenham an equaliser in the Hammers' 2-1 defeat to their capital rivals on Sunday. The England international had opened the scoring at Upton Park shortly after the interval, but a rare error allowed Jermain Defoe to level matters minutes later and Aaron Lennon grabbed a late winner. "He was fantastic," Parker told the club's official website. "He wants to do well and perform and score goals, all of which we know he can and is good at doing. He gives his all for the team in every match and leads the line well for us. "He is a big player for us and is quite rightly getting his rewards by being picked for England - you could see again on Sunday what he can do. "We played well and it was a fantastic goal by Coley - I think they gained momentum when they equalised and then went on to get their second goal."


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