West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola is confident the club's academy can become the cornerstone of future senior teams.

"The project is to make a team capable of competing at high levels. Because we cannot compete by spending £200m to get them we want to get young talented players, play them and improve them," Zola told whufc.com.

"That doesn't mean that all the time we will be looking abroad. We have good young players here like Jack Collison, Freddie Sears and Mark Noble."