Allardyce facing board battle


KaySam Allardyce’s hopes of landing five more signings before the end of the transfer window could see him face his first confrontation with the West Ham board.

Allardyce went public yesterday declaring he wanted a left back, two strikers, midfielder and perhaps another central defender.

But ClaretandHugh understands that his hopes for a a fourth central defender may well be questioned closely by the co-owners.

David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady have made it clear they will be having a much bigger say in transfer dealings and a fourth central defender ‘is seen as a ‘luxury’ scenario.

A source told us: “The reason the club worked so hard to bring in Cheikhou Kouyate was to ensure they had central defensive cover should it be needed.

“And with James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins available the manager may find he will have to drop that option.

“No-one is t sure why we would want another central defender and who would come as fourth choice anyway.

“Kouyate has played most of his career as centre half so we do have cover and the wages are there for the other positions we are looking to fill.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • spyinthesky says:

    True but this is pure speculation, everyone is allowed to have a wish list after all few complete wish lists totally come to fruition and always best to push for too much than too little, that way you are more likely to get what you really need. How can anyone forget last year everyone at management level underestimated what was needed … or refused to pay for it and despite revisionist revues of last season as a comfortable finish being bandied around it is not something to be repeated.

  • dageeza says:

    Why on earth is he looking for another ch when we must get a replacement for Demel at RB ?? Demel was a good acquisition and has served us well, but now does not have the pace to get up and down which we need from our fbs, neither does he have the accuracy. He has already cost us goals and at least one game last season, and will provide a weak area for opposition sides to attack if he remains.

  • RDB says:

    Was surprised to read Sam’s comment about needing another CB after buying Kouyate as we have the 3 experienced CBs plus Leo Chambers. Would have thought a LB is the priority and then adding some pace, guile and goals to enhance our attacking threat.

  • daniel52272 says:

    Isn’t that why we have Potts, to challenge or replace Demel? I agree with the comments from Hugh that Koyoute can provide cover and also, do we still have the likes of Chambers & Spence coming through?

  • New606 says:

    Spence is older than me now, when is he actually going to come through and isn’t potts a left back…

  • philtheiron says:

    If what is being said is true, ie BS is looking for another centre half, then it is abut disappointing to learn that lescott is joining hull. Although getting on relatively speaking his experience would have been invaluable to our young centre backs. It would have added greatly to the strength of the spine of the team too.

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