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West Ham boss Zola 'surprised' by Dorrans bid

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Zola 'surprised' by Dorrans bid

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed he was not told the club had made a bid for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans.

The Hammers had a £4m offer for Dorrans rejected on Tuesday and co-owner David Gold said they may try a second bid.

But Zola, whose future at Upton Park appears uncertain, admitted: "Dorrans is a good player but I didn't know the club was interested in him.

"I just found out in the newspaper and it was quite a surprise."

Zola added: "I don't know what I would have done if he had been signed. It is not a nice situation.

"I have been surprised so many times this year - so I am not surprised that I am surprised."

However, Gold insisted Zola was involved in the decision to make a move for the Scotland midfielder.

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"Everyone was involved in the decision making. Nobody is precluded from it," said the 73-year-old.

"A second bid is possible. He is one of the players we are looking at.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens on that. The player is a favourite of mine.

"He is a young British player who we like but having said that, sometimes deals don't work out and you have to move on."

West Ham are planning a summer of rebuilding with Gold promising to "push the boat out" on "quality" players.

Co-owner David Sullivan said on Tuesday that West Ham would consider offers for all their players apart from captain Scott Parker - something Zola also claimed he was not made aware of.

"If I was Mark Noble or Rob Green or Valon Behrami I wouldn't be very pleased to listen to that," said the Italian.

"I didn't know that it was something like this but it's OK. We have been through so many things we are going to get through this as well."

Gold said on Thursday Sullivan's comments had been misinterpreted and assured worried fans he wanted the Hammers' best players to stay at the club.

After struggling to avoid relegation this season Zola's position at West Ham has been questioned.

The Hammers effectively secured their Premier League safety on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Wigan but several managers, including Martin Jol, Steve McClaren and Mark Hughes, have been linked with Zola's job.



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West Ham bid for Dorrans rejected
27 Apr 10 |  West Brom
West Ham's 80m production line
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West Ham co-owner backs boss Zola
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Sullivan in plea to Hammers fans
25 Mar 10 |  West Ham
Gold & Sullivan take over Hammers
19 Jan 10 |  West Ham


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