Zola welcomes arrival of 'the wizard'

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Gianfranco Zola is convinced on-loan Chile forward Luis Jimenez can give West Ham something extra in attack next season, but could yet move for old team-mate Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Zola believes the 25-year-old can prove a real asset, but, with striker Dean Ashton still on the recovery trail, accepts the Hammers could still do with another body in attack - which could see him bid for Gudjohnsen, the former Chelsea man now surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

"He will give us something extra especially in the last 30 metres. That is the kind of player we have got," Zola said of Jimenez, the man dubbed 'The Wizard'.

The Hammers, who started their pre-season with a 2-1 win at local side Grays Athletic over the weekend, have travelled to Austria for a 10-day training camp ahead of four warm-up games.

However, Zola added: "We are trying to spot what our weaknesses are.

"Certainly we need to improve up front and that is the majority of the job."

The Hammers, who will see the rest of their internationals join up with the squad over the next few days after some extra time off, face Flavia Solva in Wagna on Wednesday before games with German Cup holders Werder Bremen, Turkish side Bursaspor, then against ND Nura in Slovenia on July 23.

Zola's men will also head out to China for the Barclays Asia Trophy as part of their pre-season campaign.

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