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Striker search hots up

Filed: Friday, 4th September 2009
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United may have a weekend off - but the last thing Gianfranco Zola will be doing is putting his feet up.

Zola - along with technical director Gianluca Nani - have flown out to Italy this weekend in order to take a look at a potential signing. Although the transfer window closed earlier this week clubs are still able to sign out of contract players - and it is with this in mind that the duo have travelled abroad.

The Hammers, who are understood to have held talks with another out of contract player - Australian striker Mark Viduka - ahead of the transfer window deadline earlier this week saw their efforts to sign Marouane Chamakh and then Manchester City's Benjani fall through during the last 48 hours of the transfer window.

However Viduka's lack of match fitness - plus comments he made recently admitting that he was on the verge of to retiring for good - are thought to have persuaded Zola and Nani to widen their search. West Ham's next fixture - the trip to Wigan's JJB Stadium - is still a week away, meaning that the pair still have a number of days in which to land their man.

One name definitely off the list of potential targets is former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who has signed a two-year deal with Hull City.

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by Alex P
12:53PM 7th Sep 2009
''Mark Viduka? Another injury-prone striker - great!

Cant we get Benjani on loan? Glad we didn't get Chamakh, he'd have just signed for Arsenal next season when they lose Arshavin anyway.

I thought we'd lose the selling club tag, but I think we're stuck with it for the rest of my life at least.''

by kez
02:19PM 5th Sep 2009
''Since the suggestion of both Zola and Nani being in italy looking for a striker, I looked on the net and tried to find any out of contract strikers in italy.

The only decent name that came up was the 36 yo. Chris Vieri and another over 30 yo. Roberto Stellone.

They should probably start looking elsewhere!''

by g portugal
01:12PM 5th Sep 2009
''Too little too late. Where was this sense of urgency when the window was open? The club had three months to get this done and failed, yet again.

Waiting til Cinderella o'clock is just stupid - bad business that results in players like Di Michele, Tristan and Henri Camara. What is the point of waiting this late and having to settle for someone unsatisfactory?

The ownership of this club run it worse than a 2-bob launderette. An absolute disgrace, unworthy of the 25,000 odd season ticket holders and thousands of other supporters.

This club needs to be sold as soon as humanly possible, to people who know what they are doing, or it will go the way of Southampton, Charlton, Norwich and Leeds - or worse. Not through the fault of the players or coaches, but due to inept, grossly incompetent ownership.''

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