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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Chelsea will allow Steve Clarke to join up with new West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola if the two clubs can agree on compensation, BBC Sport understands, reports BBC.

It has been reported that Chelsea want £5m if their assistant coach leaves.

Neither club would discuss the figures involved in the discussions but talks are understood to be ongoing.
Clarke, 45, who has spent 20 seasons in total as a player or on the staff at Chelsea, handed in his resignation last week but it was not accepted.
He has two years left of his current deal at Stamford Bridge after signing a new contract in the wake of Jose Mourinho's departure as manager in September 2007.
The Hammers, who named former Chelsea striker Zola as their new manager on Thursday, are confident Clarke will be able to move to Upton Park as the Italian's number two.
Clarke joined the Blues as a player in January 1987 and the defender helped the club win the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup before retiring in September 1998.
He went on to become to become Ruud Gullit's assistant at Newcastle and had a brief spell as caretaker manager at the Tyneside club after the Dutchman's exit in August 1999 before working under Sir Bobby Robson at St James' Park.
The Scot returned to Chelsea - where Zola enjoyed a successful playing stint between 1996-2003 - and has assisted Mourinho, Avram Grant and current Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Scolari held talks with Clarke on Wednesday and the Brazilian admitted he would be "sad" to lose him from the coaching set-up.

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