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.