West Ham are highly unlikely to have secured a new loan signing to cover at central defence before the weekend game at Palace.
Th Irons have been linked with Micah Richards this week but a source told ClaretandHugh: “Unless we are very lucky we don’t expect to have someone in for the weekend.”
However, Sam Allardyce morning concerns that could have “a huge hole” at the back are unfounded.
A training ground source made it clear the situation was covered and that hopefully James Tomkins would be fit for first team duty.
He said: “He will probably face a late fitness test but has been improving all week.
“However, should he not be available then we have Cheikou Kouyate who can play in that role.
“However, we definitely want to bring in another central defender before the end of the transfer window.”