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West Ham boss Zola eyeing Middlesbrough fullback Bates

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola is eyeing Middlesbrough fullback Matthew Bates.

The People says Zola's spies have singled out the Boro defender who is a free agent at the end of the season.

Lucas Neill can leave Upton Park for around £2million and if a buyer comes in they will go for Bates - and Boro have enough cover in his position to let the 22-year-old go.

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