West Ham's Zola set for Grays switch... Gianfranco's son poised for loan deal

21 January 2010 12:38
West Ham have agreed to let Zola join non league strugglers Grays Atheltic. But Hammers fans should not fear the worst: it's manager Gianfranco's young son, Andrea, leaving Upton Park on loan for another relegation battle!

Looking up: Andrea Zola has joined Grays on loan

Andrea, 18, has spent this term learning his trade in the reserves but the aspiring left back has now been handed the opportunity to work under one of the Barclays Premier League club's all-time heroes and finest full-backs, Julian Dicks.

Dicks was appointed boss of the Conference outfit last September by another former Hammers favourite John Moncur, who is chairman at the Essex club, and has been as equally hard-hitting on the touchline as he was, often infamously, on the pitch.

The former Liverpool star, nicknamed 'The Terminator', even transfer listed his entire first team squad after the team slipped into the drop zone of the Blue Square Premier!

But Grays are hoping the signing of Zola's son will help them in their fight to avoid the drop and develop Andrea into a future West Ham star.

'Julian is delighted to be given the opportunity to work closely with one of the up and coming young players at West Ham,' agent James Anderson told Sky Sports, after brokering the short-term deal.

'Andrea is a great young player and Julian hopes he can do all he can to help the player develop into a fantastic left-back.

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'Julian would like to thank Gianfranco for allowing Andrea this opportunity and looks forward to linking up closely with West Ham in the future'

  Meanwhile, former West Ham flop Savio has left Fiorentina to join Italian rivals Bologna on loan.

The German youth international, 20, managed just one start during his brief spell in east London and was sold during last summer's transfer window as part of an exchange deal for Portuguese defender Manuel Da Costa, after struggling to adapt to life in English football following his club record £9million arrival from Brescia last year.

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Source: Daily_Mail