Wednesday 18 October 2017

Zola lines up McCarthy bid under intense spotlight

GIANFRANCO ZOLA admitted yesterday that it was up to him to prove he should remain as West Ham manager after the club gained much-needed "stability" following last week's takeover, writes Jason Burt.

"I know that I have to produce good results," he said. "It's been good that the new owners said they have faith in my job and my staff. Now it's down to me to make that first trust a strong one."

Zola, whose side travel to Portsmouth this evening in a relegation battle, was speaking for the first time since David Sullivan and David Gold gained control of the Hammers.

Zola added that it was a "massive" boost that he had been assured that none of his players would be sold in this transfer window -- Manchester City have bid £15m for Valon Behrami -- while there are hopes that an experienced striker will be brought in this week.

The Hammers have put in a bid for Blackburn's Benni McCarthy, and are also in discussions about Benjani, James Beattie and Eidur Gudjohnsen. McCarthy has failed to attend Rovers' last two training sessions, with manager Sam Allardyce demanding £3m for the South African forward. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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