West Ham United have missed out on Zenit St Petersburg striker Sergey Kornilenko.

The Daily Mail says Kornilenko insists he would have signed for West Ham in the winter if Gianfranco Zola had the final say.

"West Ham changed owners and the plans of David Gold and David Sullivan were to sign more stellar attackers, such as (Ruud) van Nistelrooy, for example," said the Belarus striker, who was on trial with the Hammers.

"Zola said that signing a contract for me was just a couple of days away, but the Londoners got new owners."