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Zola in tapping-up storm?

Filed: Wednesday, 14th January 2009
By: Staff Writer

The Hammers could face charges of 'tapping up' Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov after the player claimed he had spoken with Gianfranco Zola about a possible move to East London.

The 22-year-old Bulgarian international signed for City in August 2007 but has seen his career in Manchester wrecked by injury. A long-running achilles injury has restricted Bojinov to just three appearances for the club since signing in a 5.75million switch from Juventus.

But now, according to the player, Gianfranco Zola has been in touch with regard to taking him to West Ham - something, that if true, would appear to flout Premier League rules with regards to appraoching players from member clubs.

"Two days ago, Zola called me on my mobile and told me that he wants me at West Ham," Bojinov is reported to have told the Bulgarian press, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"I answered that I feel great in Manchester and don't want to leave the team. I'm happy the City management values me. The only thing I want is to be healthy again, so that I can prove myself.

"Mark Hughes told me that Zola wants me but City made it perfectly clear that they don't want to sell me."

Bojinov has been mentioned in dispatches as a possible makeweight in a potential deal to take Craig Bellamy to City, where he would reunite with former Blackburn boss and fellow Welshman Mark Hughes.

However City appear to be determined to hold on to a player that, despite his horrendous injury problems, they believe can still make an impact in the Premier League.

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by bloodylimey
10:16AM 15th Jan 2009
''Sounds like the guy is looking to raise his profile and thinks mobile records are relevant. GFZ wouldn't be so foolish as to ring him directly without permission...''

by Paul Grech
08:03AM 15th Jan 2009
''Great! Another sicknote to keep the medical team busy.''

by 1englishhammer
07:32AM 15th Jan 2009
''We're innocent (again!) I's tell's ya's. Mountain out of molehill.''

by deckoff
06:41AM 15th Jan 2009
''It is definitely made up, I found the newspaper which had published the article. It is just one of those newspapers. Bojinov has not been playing for the last three seasons and I think his career is over. Taking him will be a big mistake.''

by nick
11:42PM 14th Jan 2009
''Please, not another injury prone player. I can't think of anything worse. No wait... I can... (23 stone of) John Hartson up front with David Di Michele.''

by RS
05:12PM 14th Jan 2009
''Great, another injury-prone forward. When are we signing Michael Bridges?''

by dazza
03:45PM 14th Jan 2009
''So it's alright for Spurs and Manchester City to go public on TV trying to tap our players at West Ham up but when it's us, it's wrong? One rule for one, one rule for another, it stinks!''

by ollief
03:08PM 14th Jan 2009
''How is this any different to Man City continually coming back with bids for Bellamy and Parker when we keep coming out saying we're not going to sell any of our best players?


by claret
03:05PM 14th Jan 2009
''"Mark Hughes told me that Zola wants me but City made it perfectly clear that they don't want to sell me."

Zola , must have got his mobile number from City... is this then tapping up?''

by USHammer
02:50PM 14th Jan 2009
''Please don't start this line of thought. I also read the chap saying that Hughes told him Zola was interested so Zola obviously approach the club before speaking to the player. Let's not do the tabloids job for them and assume the worst here.''

by irontc
02:49PM 14th Jan 2009
''How do you now Man City didn't give Fonzy permission?''

by nigel hammer
02:43PM 14th Jan 2009
''Two days ago, "Zola called me on my mobile and told me that he wants me at West Ham."

"Mark Hughes told me that Zola wants me but City made it perfectly clear that they don't want to sell me."

That makes sense.''

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