Zola fights to keep West Ham stars

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West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola will fight to keep his England stars at the cash-strapped club.

Striker Carlton Cole, midfielder Scott Parker, defender Matthew Upson and goalkeeper Robert Green have all been linked with big-money moves away. But Zola revealed the Hammers have not received any firm offers - and he remains confident of persuading the quartet to stay at Upton Park.

"I know I have good players in my team and it is normal that teams are looking for them. I am confident we can keep our best players," said the West Ham boss.

"I don't think we have had an enquiries so far. I haven't been told so. I am confident I can keep them here.

"I don't deal with these things (transfers). I am just dealing with the players we have and I try to make them happy to stay here."

West Ham's financial situation remains uncertain as their Icelandic owners remain in negotiations over a potential sale of the club.

Zola has plans to strengthen his injury-depleted front line and has been linked with a move for former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood along with James Beattie and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

"We are looking into something. That doesn't mean we need to talk about it. I don't think it would be a wise thing to do," Zola said.

"In two days' time I have a very big match coming up against Wolves and for me to talk about the players that might come in or that may go out certainly won't help the situation.

"What matters to me is that we win the game on Sunday which is vital for us."

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