New West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed that he expects to add Spanish forward Diego Tristan to his Upton Park squad, despite reports of a ‘fire sale’ at the East London side when the transfer window reopens.
Former Spanish International Tristan has failed to find the form for current side Livorno that prompted his transfer from Deportivo La Coruna in 2007, with the striker only finding the net once in 21 appearances for the Italian side last year. Which subsequently saw Livorno relegated from Serie A.
32-year-old Tristan had a much more impressive record during his six years at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor, with the forward scoring 78 goals in 177 games for Depor.
Former Chelsea player Zola is confident of landing the Spaniard in January, with the new Hammers boss claiming that free agent Tristan will become a West Ham player if he can get fit. The striker is currently on trial at Upton Park.
Zola said: "Diego's working very hard and we're pleased with him.
"He could be a good alternative. He's got a lot of experience and skills.
"He can do well as long as he gets fit."
Zola is set to extend Tristan’s trial, with the Hammers boss already being told that he will have to sell before he can buy in January in light of the collapse of Icelandic bank Landisbank, where West Ham owner Bjogolfor Gudmundsson lost a reported £230million.