Zola realistic about signing Giovinco

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West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola admits he would be keen to sign hot prospect Sebastien Giovinco, but doubts Juventus would let him leave.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Hammers are interested in bringing the 21-year-old to Upton Park.

"He's a player I know very well," said Zola. "He's played for me for the Under-21s and he's a player I admire."

He added: "He's one of those players who can change a game.

"I don't think Juventus would be willing to give him up because they need him."

West Ham face a tough trip to Liverpool on Monday, but go into the game buoyed by last weekend's 1-0 defeat of Sunderland.

That victory was their first in eight attempts in the league, a run which leaves them in the bottom half of the table, and Zola feels it has made a huge difference.

"It was a great result and certainly helped the players to feel a little bit more comfortable," he said.

"It's important you get wins. It doesn't matter if you play well, if you don't pick up victories and points your confidence goes down.

"So I'm very pleased and it seems to have given them an extra boost in confidence which is important."

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