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GIANFRANCO ZOLA put himself back on a collision course with West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold by slamming their public transfer dealings.

The Italian was stunned to learn the club had made a £4million bid for West Brom’s Graham Dorrans, admitting he had never even spoken about the midfielder.

And he was just as shocked when Sullivan claimed he would consider offers for ANY player except Scott Parker.

Zola, who is expected to leave the club this summer, said: “I just found out in the newspapers. It was quite a surprise.

“I know Dorrans is a good player and had a very good season but I didn’t know the club was interested in him.

“He is a good player but I am not prepared to say at the moment whether he would be in my interests for next year.

“If I was Mark Noble or Robert Green or Valon Behrami I wouldn’t be very pleased to hear I’d been put up for sale. I didn’t know.

“It is not pleasant. You don’t like it but this is the way it goes.

“I have been surprised so many times this year — so I am not surprised that I am surprised.”

There has been a frosty relationship between Zola and his bosses since Gold and Sullivan took control of the club in January and his future looks increasingly uncertain.

After West Ham effectively secured their Premier League survival with victory over Wigan last weekend, Gold said he would like to see Zola continue.

Zola simply said he will discuss his future with the owners at the end of the season, but added: “David Gold has always been supportive and he has stayed close to us. It is good.

“He is always here before the matches and that is something I appreciate.”

With West Ham in dire financial straits, they can barely afford to sack Zola and pay up his contract.

But Gold this week hinted the former Chelsea star may be ready to quit and take a break from football after a difficult season.

And several names have already been linked with the job, including Steve McLaren, Avram Grant and even a return for former manager Alan Curbishley.

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