Zola keen to hold on to West Ham stars

Despite being in financial difficulty and sitting just above relegation zone, West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has been told he does not have to sell any of his star players.

Despite being in financial difficulty and sitting just above relegation zone, West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has been told he does not have to sell any of his star players.

The Italian said he will not be wheeling and dealing with key players in January and only wants to improve the squad by bringing in what he can.

"They are very good players and I'm not surprised that big teams want them," said Zola.

"As far as I am concerned they are not for sale and I don't want to sell my best players.

"I want to try to improve the team if I can and that's the target for the January transfer window.

"The club have been very good to me and I don't think they want to make this team weaker."