Brooking concerned for former club

BY foxsports • December 15, 2009

Former Birmingham City owners David Gold and David Sullivan are understood to have tabled a bid for the Hammers, who are controlled by Icelandic company CB Holdings. And that could leave Zola with up to a reported £25 million to spend on new faces. Earlier in the season, boss Zola needed to sell James Collins to Aston Villa in order to balance the books after signing striker Alessandro Diamanti from Italian side Livorno - but there is a still a shortage of firepower due to Carlton Cole's injury and the club are in a fight to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Brooking, who scored the winner for West Ham in the 1980 FA Cup final, said: "It would be good to see Gianfranco be able to bring in one or two players in January." Brooking, 61, was caretaker boss in 2003 when the club were last relegated from the top flight despite a brave battle with their former midfielder in charge. He admits concerns over whether West Ham will get out of their current relegation trouble. "It's difficult," he said, at the opening of Barnet's new training facility The Hive. "It's not a massive pot but I'm sure they are not alone. With all the ownership issues in the last 18 months it has been really tough and I feel a little bit sorry for Gianfranco."

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