Gianfranco Zola consigned to losing West Ham stars in January transfer window

24 December 2009 09:00
Zola is desperate to keep that spine of his squad together but the Italian does not know what January will bring - and he admits a final decision may ultimately be out of his hands. [LNB]Former Birmingham City owners David Sullivan and David Gold are understood to have tabled a £50 million takeover bid - around half of what the club think the east London side are worth. [LNB]Sullivan and Gold are reportedly also ready to give manager Zola some £20 million for transfers during the January window to bolster a struggling squad but West Ham's leading shareholder CB Holding has said they are in no hurry to sell.[LNB]"You know, we want to keep the best players. I don't know what's going to happen next month," said Zola. [LNB]"The only thing I know for sure is that before then we have three games coming up that are very, very important and I want to focus on them. That's the main thing, the rest is out of my control." [LNB]The Hammers tackle Portsmouth, the only side below them in the league, on Boxing Day followed by high-flying Tottenham on December 28 and Arsenal in the FA Cup on January 3. [LNB]West Ham may be in 19th place but they head into the Portsmouth game on the back of a 1-1 home draw with league leaders Chelsea. [LNB]"The first step is get through this game on Saturday which is vital and let's do it all together and then we'll see what happens (in January)," Zola added. [LNB]"I can only focus on the game and make sure everything goes well on the pitch. If we keep the same spirit we have against Chelsea I think we are going to go through everything, that is my personal belief." [LNB]Defender Danny Gabbidon will miss the Portsmouth game with a hamstring injury but Zola has midfielder Valon Behrami back in contention. [LNB][LNB]

Source: Telegraph