Pardew - one more to come

  • by Graeme Howlett
  • Saturday, 11th September 2004

Hammers boss Alan Pardew revealed tonight that he is set to make one final further addition to his squad.

The Hammers boss - speaking after the Hammers 2-1 win at Sheffield United - confirmed that, despite having already signed three players this week, he is looking to bring one more player in on a permanent basis.

And he also praised his squad for the manner in which they took the three points today, which came courtesy of a late Teddy Sheringham strike.

On the potential new signing, he said:

"With the recent signings, we've got real competition throughout the squad. I'm under no pressure now to sell anyone and we've got a squad definitely capable of winning this league.

"I'm a lot more comfortable now than I've ever been as manager of West Ham. Still, there might be one more permanent signing to come in."

And on the game itself - which propelled the Hammers above today's opponents and up into fifth - he added:

"Coming here is very, very difficult and it's tough to get a result.

"We should have scored two or three goals in the first half. They caused us a lot of trouble in the second half and we had to defend for our lives - and we had to be at our best to get a result."

Pardew's opposite number, Colin .. sorry, Neil Warnock added:

"We was a bit unlucky with the deflected free-kick from Sheringham - which I didn't even think it was a free-kick.

"I thought we were poor in the first half, but then we did what we had to do and got them on the back foot. I was very pleased with the performance and didn't think we deserved to lose."

Speculation over Pardew's target will no doubt be rife in the coming days, but one hot favourite is Tottenham's Mauricio Taricco, who is yet to feature for Spurs this season.

The Argentinian full-back was strongly linked to the Hammers last week, despite currently carrying an injury.

With both full-back positions still in need of strengthening Taricco - who can operate on both the left and right side of defence - would be the perfect answer to Alan Pardew's problems.

Chris Powell, on loan from Charlton has been charged with temporarily solving that problem - but his return to the Valley in four weeks will leave that spot vacant once again.

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