Allardyce: “Striker search is over”


sam-allardyceSam Allardyce has admitted the Irons striker search is over but that there’s a problem as  “they’re not quite ready yet.”

Speaking to today the manager said: “”We’ve done that search and they’re here. The problem is that they’re not quite ready yet but we will use them if and when we can.

“Now Sakho has arrived as well as Enner [Valencia], they’re moving along with their fitness on a daily basis and will certainly be used as quickly as possible.

If not against Crystal Palace, they’ll certainly be used against Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup and hopefully they can hit the ground running.”

Claiming that was the end of the striker hunt he said his real problem was at the other end of the pitch.

He said: “We don’t have James Collins because he’s suspended and we may not have James Tomkins because of injury.

That leaves a massive hole for us in the central defensive position where we only have Winston Reid. “

However, ClaretandHugh has learned that Tomkins is doing well and has a 60-40 chance of making the game and with two days the signs are relatively optimistic.

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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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