And the manager also fears Cameroon will do a U-turn and name Alex Song in their squad for the tournament which starts on January 9.
All three could be on parade in Hammers colours today for up to six weeks with the manager’s brow clearly creasing.
He told the national media: “I’ve no New Year resolutions but our problem is to make sure we overcome the loss of our African players and not let that impede too much on our results.
“Hopefully we can cope with it through January.”
And he explained: I’ve never been put off signing African players because generally their value has been good.
“The balance of the financial aspect and the talent with the loss of a player for four to six weeks once every two years doesn’t put me off.”