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Allardyce seeking defensive reinforcements

Filed: Sunday, 13th January 2013
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce reacted to the loss of James Collins by insisting that he will seek to bring in an additional defender as soon as possible.

The Welsh defender is the latest addition to West Ham's long injury list having torn a calf muscle in the first half of today's 3-0 defeat at Sunderland; an injury that could potentially keep him sidelined for several weeks.

That leaves Allardyce with just James Tomkins and Winston Reid as established first team central defenders - a problem that Allardyce suggested tonight he is keen to rectify sooner rather than later.

"Losing James is a massive blow," he admitted. "With Joey O'Brien not here and George McCartney out with a long-standing, medial knee ligament injury to lose Ginge to a tear in his calf leaves us threadbare defensively.

"We're struggling for defenders a bit at the moment so we need to scour the market for one of those. I need to get somebody in as quickly as I can.

"We need either a centre-back or a left-back - at least one of them - by the time we play QPR [next week]. We have to look very carefully at who we play on Wednesday and then for the following Saturday."

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by niran ade-onojobi
08:37PM 15th Jan 2013
''We need to tighten up at the back. More than anything else we need a prolific goal scorer. Touch wood!''

by HammerTime
07:48AM 13th Jan 2013
''Not sure who we can get. Hopefully Big Sam has a couple of aces up his sleeve.

I think clearly Sam will go with a CB with size and power. Distin would have done a decent job but apparently he's re-signing with Everton. Wouldn't mind seeing Gallas but he could be going to QPR. We only need cover until Ginge gets back so somebody of their age would fine.

Don't think this Bong guy is the one from what I have seen. Danny Simpson is a possibility as is Olsson. Sam likes his full backs to get forward so it'll be interesting to see who he brings in for that position.''

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