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West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola believes he is at last getting his side fit for purpose - while two of his stars are desperate to avoid a break up of the squad in January.

Owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson's financial turmoil is at such a level that there is a fear that key players could be sold in the next transfer window.

Now goalkeeper Robert Green, star of Monday's goalless the draw against Liverpool is urging the club's Icelandic owner not to break up the squad, saying: "It is not down to us what happens in the future but from the players' point of view, every time we go out there, we are all showing we want to play for the club and we want to do well. Within the training ground it is a happy camp and a hard-working one which hopefully can only get better."

Defender Matthew Upson, who has forced his way back into the England side, joined the call for a long-term view at Upton Park.

He said: "In the current climate there have not been any assurances and I would not expect any, but if I am to stay at West Ham and we sell key players in January, then that would really frustrate me.

"I signed for the club because of the vision they had and if players went now, that would really disappoint me.

"We are not going to get carried away on the back of three clean sheets but, hopefully, we can build on this because this is a good club.

"We are a lot more organised, but as a unit. We are working hard for each other and we seem to have a more settled base.

"We can take massive confidence from the draw at Liverpool. We will become even more confident if we begin to turn draws into wins and score more goals."

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