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Bellamy fears West Ham exit

PUBLISHED: 11:34 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG CRAIG BELLAMY has admitted that he could be sold by West Ham during the January transfer window because of the financial uncertainty surrounding the club. The Wales international has revealed that the Hammers turned down a bid for him f

By JONATHAN CLEGG

CRAIG BELLAMY has admitted that he could be sold by West Ham during the January transfer window because of the financial uncertainty surrounding the club.

The Wales international has revealed that the Hammers turned down a bid for him from Manchester City during the summer, but the club could now decide to cash in on Bellamy in order to raise funds.

West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has confirmed that he is ready to sell the club after suffering huge financial losses following the economic meltdown in Iceland, raising the prospect of a fire sale of star players at Upton Park next month.

Aston Villa, Celtic and Spurs have also been linked with a January move for Bellamy and the 29-year-old fears the Hammers will be unable to resist a big-money offer.

He said: "It's that time of year, there's always a lot of speculation. I'm very happy at West Ham and I'm never going to go in and ask for move - but you don't know what position the club are in.

"You don't know if they are going to accept bids or not accept bids. Look what happened to Anton [Ferdinand]. As far as we knew he wasn't going and then he was gone [to Sunderland].

"My situation was that Manchester City put a bid in [last summer] and West Ham turned it down but if that happens again, maybe the club will be interested.

"I'm not saying that's going to happen - if a club does [come in] and West Ham turn it down, I'm still a West Ham player."

Bellamy's future at the club is clouded by Gianfranco Zola's desire to add to his forward line next month.

The Hammers boss is desperate to sign a striker to help the club improve on a dismal tally of four goals in their past 11 matches, with Fiorentina hitman Giampaolo Pazzini understood to be a target for the Italian.

The former Italy Under-21 international has fallen out of favour in Florence and is available for around £7m in the new year, but Zola would have to sell one of his big-name players to fund the move.

Bellamy, Matthew Upson and Robert Green have all attracted interest from rival clubs but the West Ham manager has repeatedly denied that the club will sell their star players next month.

Zola said: "If we have the possibility to improve the squad, we will try to do it - but we're not going to be selling our best players.

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