Zola could have money to spend this month after all if one or moreof the three remaining bidders for the Premier League club prove thisweek they have the money to complete a takeover.
And the priority must be a striker after Mexican international Franco broke down to leave Zola chronically short of firepower.
Lacking firepower: Gianfranco Zola is running out of fit strikers
West Ham have seen Dean Ashton retire through injury and leading scorer Carlton Cole and Luis Boa Morte sidelined for months with knee injuries. Kieron Dyer is also out with a hamstring injury.
At least the weather has given them another week off before next Sunday's trip to Aston Villa and Zola will be confident that Scott Parker, Herita Ilunga, Jack Collison and Mark Noble will all be available after shaking off knocks.
Well-placed sources believe a takeover will move a significant step closer this week.
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