Zola considers forward options

West Ham manager could sell defender to fund attacking signing

Last Updated: 23/08/09 10:04pm

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Zola: Could sell Collins

Zola: Could sell Collins

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Gianfranco Zola has confirmed he is in the market for a striker and could sell James Collins after West Ham United lost 2-1 against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

"In defence we have eight players I can choose from. In attack, I can only choose Carlton Cole or myself."
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Zola's side took the lead at Upton Park on Sunday through Carlton Cole only for goals from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon to turn the game on its head.

The Italian coach has been strongly linked with a move for Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh, but Zola admits he faces competition for his signature.

He said: "I don't think West Ham are his only potential destination. There are a few teams after him."

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It is claimed that money from selling James Collins, who has been linked with Stoke, could allow the Chamakh deal to go through.

"There's an interest in him (Collins) from another team, but that's all I know," Zola said.

"In defence we have eight players I can choose from. In attack, I can only choose Carlton Cole or myself. We have two young players who are doing well, but they need time."

Zola's side were also dealing with the shock of hearing defender Calum Davenport was in intensive care after being stabbed in both legs.

"We're very sorry about what happened," he said. "The situation will be clearer in the next few days. Now it's just important that he's all right.

"We didn't believe it when we heard. You don't expect things like this to happen, especially to people you know."

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