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Zola reassured on transfer budget

Gianfranco Zola
Zola has seen West Ham both win and lose since taking charge

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has been given assurances by the club he will be able to sign players during the January transfer window if he wants.

The Hammers may have to pay Sheffield United more than 30m in compensation after an independent tribunal ruling against them in the Carlos Tevez case.

But Zola told BBC Sport: "I've been assured by West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury it will not be a problem.

"It will not affect us if we want to do changes in January."

West Ham are understood to have a wage bill approaching 50m a year, with Lucas Neill, Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy on bumper pay packets.

That spiralling salary bill allied to one of the biggest first-team squads in the Premier League, was part of the reason West Ham sold John Pantsil, Bobby Zamora, Richard Wright and Anton Ferdinand during the last transfer window.

606: DEBATE

However the Hammers have insisted that concerns over the tribunal ruling, which they plan to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over, were not behind their decision to sell players.

The Hammers beat Newcastle 3-1 in Zola's first game in charge last Saturday, but on Tuesday the Italian suffered his first defeat as West Ham were beaten 1-0 by Watford in the Carling Cup third round.


see also
Watford 1-0 West Ham
23 Sep 08 |  League Cup
West Ham to launch Tevez appeal
24 Sep 08 |  Football
Zola happy with Hammers structure
18 Sep 08 |  West Ham
West Ham 3-1 Newcastle
20 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Sheff Utd win West Ham tribunal
23 Sep 08 |  Football
Tevez tribunal decision explained
24 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Blades set to hear Tevez outcome
10 Jul 08 |  Sheff Utd
Sheff Utd fight for compensation
07 Nov 07 |  Sheff Utd
Blades seek Hammers compensation
16 Aug 07 |  Sheff Utd
Tevez saga prompts rule changes
09 Aug 07 |  Premier League
Blades lose appeal on relegation
03 Jul 07 |  Premier League
Sheff Utd lose High Court appeal
13 Jul 07 |  Sheff Utd
West Ham not to appeal over fine
09 May 07 |  West Ham
West Ham receive Tevez clearance
28 Apr 07 |  West Ham
West Ham sign Tevez & Mascherano
31 Aug 06 |  West Ham
Auletta beats Pound to CAS role
03 Apr 08 |  Sport Homepage


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