West Ham still looking for "one or two" signings

By Rob Virtue on August 10, 2014 2:15 PM |

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West Ham are looking to add at least one more player to the side before next week's curtain raiser against Tottenham.

Speaking after the Hammers' 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Saturday assistant boss Neil McDonald said he was optimistic more deals would be done.

"We are working very hard, we have made bids for players and hopefully we can secure one or two," said McDonald. "Fingers crossed we can nail it and get it past the line. We are hoping there is at least one coming in next week."

McDonald added he was very pleased about Saturday's victory, especially with how the Hammers played against top opposition.

Despite falling behind twice, the side fought back and chalked up their first win of a difficult pre-season.

Cheikhou Kouyate impressed in the centre of the park, while Aaron Cresswell also made his Boleyn Ground debut.

"I thought first half was terrific," he said. "We only had 14 senior players to choose from. We tried a different system we thought would work well, lots of passing... good temp, we got in behind them. Our final ball was possibly not the best.

"Apart from the goal we conceded I thought we were excellent. Second half we grew into the game. We gave the ball away for their second goal which we have to improve. Mo's goal was fantastic and the last one where Elliot Lee had got behind the right back had drove on.

"The boys have been working hard in training and that work has come through really good. We have to believe we are decent on the ball. The final ball can always improve. The chances we have had we have been clinical and we have been criticised for that."

Sampdoria's Stefano Okaka, who had a brief spell with Fulham, opened the scoring before Mark Noble brought the game back to all square from the spot kick after young Dan Potts was tripped in the area.

The visitors were back in front after the break through Brazilian striker Eder. Mo Diame equalised with a beautiful solo goal, before 18 year old Reece Burke combined well with fellow academy player Elliot Lee to finish past Junior Da Silva.

After a disappointing pre-season campaign in which they were winless until this victory, Allardyce can come away from this in good heart, and his players will be full of confidence ahead of the mouth-watering game against Spurs.

Jack Pinnock