Zola wants another striker

Hammers boss keen to have cover for Cole

Zola: Not done yet

Zola: Not done yet

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Gianfranco Zola is hoping to add another striker to his West Ham squad before the transfer window closes next week.

The Italian tactician swooped for compatriot Alessandro Diamanti on Friday for Livorno.

However, Zola does not feel he has enough cover for Carlton Cole and remains in the market for reinforcements.

The Hammers have been linked with Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh and Zola says the club are doing all they can to land the Moroccan ace.

Still looking

"We're still looking for another striker," confirmed Zola. "We need to have cover for Carlton Cole, or someone to play alongside him.

"We're still looking. We'll see what happens in the last three days.

"(Chamakh's) a player we're interested in. We're trying everything we can."

Diamanti has signed a five-year deal at Upton Park, although Zola does not yet know what role he will have in his side.

Good player

Zola knows the 26-year-old is a good player who brings with him a great desire to succeed.

"He's got a very good left foot," he continued. "He's certainly a good player.

"Where I'm going to play him I don't know yet. I've got some ideas, but I'm waiting to see how he fits into the team and then we'll decide.

"I'll do my best to make sure he can fit in the team and adapt to the Premier League, but the rest is down to him obviously.

"It's a big opportunity for him. He's got the desire to succeed and that's all that matter to me."