Zola looks forward to McCarthy arrival

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West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola believes Benni McCarthy will provide the perfect tonic for the Barclays Premier League relegation battlers.

The 32-year-old striker is on the verge of a £2.5million move from Blackburn, who left Upton Park on Saturday frustrated at having not taken all three points following a goalless draw.

"It looks like it is done and next week he should be coming to train with us," the Hammers boss said. "I do not know the terms yet, but they have told me the deal is done. He should be available for the next game."

He added: "Benni will be a threat in the last third. He is a player who can score goals and he will be a very good help for us."

West Ham failed to get out of first gear against Rovers and on another day could have lost.

Just before the break, Morten Gamst Pedersen's 25-yard free-kick crashed against the crossbar and then substitute Jason Roberts failed to beat Robert Green when clean through with 15 minutes left.

Zola said: "I was expecting us to create a bit more quality, but we were not able to do that.

"The tension caught us a little bit, everybody was nervous and we could not express the quality we needed to break them down.

"But I take it as a good day, because this point means we step up the table."

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