Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sam: Hammers Need New Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sam: Hammers Need New Players

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West Bromwich Albion.......................... 0 West Ham United.................................. 0 WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce will look to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window after his injury-hit side earned a goalless draw at West Brom.

Allardyce was without seven firstteam players and only able to name six substitutes at the Hawthorns, but he was full of praise for the way his side fought to claim a share of the spoils.

Allardyce said: "You could probably say it's seven injuries because we haven't seen Alou Diarra since he joined us because he tore a thigh muscle.

"That, on top of the other six, made it very difficult for us to come here. That's why we only had six subs on the bench."

When asked if the shortage of players meant he needs reinforcements in January, Allardyce said: "If we get them all fit, no, but we always need a bit of help as a manager. We're never going to turn one down are we? Or two! You've always got to try. …

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