West Ham boss Zola promised two strikers by Sullivan and Gold

21 January 2010 10:51
Gianfranco Zola emerged from a two-hour meeting with West Ham's joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold with assurances he would be armed with the firepower to avoid relegation.

Zola was promised two new strikers this month one before the game against Portsmouth on Tuesday and the new regime have already made a £1million bid, plus an extra £250,000 if they stay up, for Blackburn's Benni McCarthy.

New order (from left): Zola, Clarke, Gold and West Ham's press officer fall in behind Sullivan

The offer is short of Blackburn's £2.5million valuation of the 32-year-old, who is keen to leave Ewood Park this month and is interesting Galatasaray.

However, he wants to stay in the Premier League ahead of the World Cup finals in his native South Africa. Sullivan and Gold summoned Zola and his assistant Steve Clarke to a meeting on Tuesday evening to outline their immediate plans and believe Blackburn can be persuaded to do business.

Monaco's Eidur Gudjohnsen is also being linked to the club, though reports in Iceland he is about to sign seem premature.

The two Davids also promised Zola there were no plans to sell Scott Parker or Matthew Upson. But there is interest in Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami, including from Manchester City, and the Hammers may sell if they spend that money to boost the squad.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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