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West Ham latest: Allardyce praises Maiga but targets striking duo

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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was full of praise for his West Ham players after they secured a convincing 3-0 over strugglers Fulham, but singled out winger Stewart Downing and striker Modibo Maiga for their performances.

"Maiga had a good game today, proving that he can compete," said Allardyce. "We're just waiting for that goal. Stewart Downing is, for me, a different class, and he continues to probe and open defences up.

With positive displays from two much maligned figures, West Ham fans will be hoping for an upturn in form after a tough period for the club.

One man who Allardyce didn't have such praise for was Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, who was accused of showing immaturity over his handling of the media since Spurs' 6-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City. Allardyce seemed to offer words of advice rather than criticism for the 36 year old former Chelsea boss.

"You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong,' Allardyce told Talksport. "You've got to take it on the chin. You, and your players, have got to do your talking on the field. I think he's just showed a little bit of immaturity. It can get under your skin, but you've can't let that happen because you're not going to win."

With West Ham struggling for goals in recent times, a number of strikers have been linked with the club, and Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas suggested that West Ham may have submitted a bid for striker Bafetimbi Gomis in a bid to see off interest from Newcastle United.

An offer for Bafetimbi Gomis from West Ham? It is not impossible as we have received several offers for Bafé recently. It is true that while I am not 100% aware of all the specifics, I know several offers have been made for Gomis, like last year.”

Whilst their interest in Gomis seems genuine, former Hammers striker Demba Ba has been linked with a return to Upton Park, with first team opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea. Both players offer physicality and athleticism up front, and would be far better options than the likes of Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric, who are currently on the books at West Ham.

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