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West Ham left searching for a striker - And they may have found one

Carlton Cole

Their big two signings came earlier in the summer but West Ham were very quiet on deadline day despite being desperate to bring in another striker before the window closed.

The laid out nearly £20m on Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll from Liverpool, both look to be very good buys for West Ham as they both will fit into Sam Allardyce’s style of play, obviously Carroll acquainted with the system having been there on loan last season.

Owners David Gold and David Sullivan were pursuing a striker on the final day, thought to be Demba Ba, but no deal could be put together. Gold’s son tweeted that he was working hard to bring in a well-liked former player.

In the end Chelsea were not willing to part company with Ba if there was not a sufficient offer on the table. Fans were left bemused that they didn’t bring in any sort of striker seeing as Andy Carroll was their only real option and he is currently injured.

News broke earlier though that they were in talks to being back Carlton Cole after the club released him at the end of last season.

Allardyce can be pleased with the squad he has put together and the club have done some good business that will see them secure their place in the top flight for another year.

They may not have the quality to push in into the top half but they definitely have strengthened enough to beat the teams around them, which is vital when you are trying to stay afloat.

images: © Tony Austin, © East Ham Bull

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