West Ham speaking to former Chelsea midfielder: Another shrewd Zola signing?

The Hammers aren’t blessed with cash at the moment, although Gianfranco Zola has still managed to get them playing some great football. A goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium extended their unbeaten run to eight matches, and it appears as though a new yet familiar face could be in the West Ham ranks over the next few weeks.

I’m sure several of us will remember Sam Dalla Bona, the Italian midfielder who made no less than 55 appearances for Chelsea between 1999 and 2002. Since leaving the Bridge for Milan, his career has gone downhill, with the 27-year-old now finding himself a free agent. However, Sky Sports reports that this could be to West Ham’s advantage, with Zola using the Italian connection to good effect once again.

“In the last hours of the transfer window, Triestina did approach me, but I have another idea in mind,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I spoke with Zola and I asked him about the possibility of training with West Ham because free agents have until March to find a new club.

“Zola told me he will ask the officials. I wait for an answer.”

Chelsea fans will have fond memories of Dalla Bona, who was widely tipped to represent Italy during his time in the Premiership. He managed six goals in 42 league starts, and West Ham supporters will surely be keen for the player to at least arrive on trial at the Boleyn Ground.

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