Allardyce eyes goals boost

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admits he is disappointed with his
side’s lack of goals this season and will target a striker should
they stay up.

Midfielder Kevin Nolan is the London club’s top scorer this
campaign with just six, while their other first-choice strikers
have contributed just 10 goals between them in all
competitions.

Andy Carroll was supposed to be the answer to their goalscoring
woes but he has been hampered by injury since joining from
Liverpool on loan last August, notching just three times in 18
appearances.

Despite their out-of-form frontmen the Hammers have managed to
keep themselves in the relative safety of mid-table, though
Allardyce is taking nothing for granted in the run-in.

Speaking ahead of his team’s home clash with West Brom on
Saturday, where a win could put them nine points clear of the drop
zone, the former Bolton and Newcastle boss concedes he needs to
solve his striking conundrum sooner rather than later.

“The only thing I have been disappointed about is our goal
tally, particularly away from home,” said the 58-year-old. “If we
want to be an established Premier League side we’ve got to have at
least a couple of our front men notching 10 a piece, then the rest
can follow on behind that.”

One player who has been linked with a move to Upton Park is
Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony.

The 24-year-old has scored 26 goals in the Eredivisie this
season and Allardyce refused to rule out a move for the Ivory Coast
star – but only if they stay up.

“If we stay in this league every striker is of interest to us if
we think they can score goals,” he added.