As if a 5-0 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday wasn't bad enough, West Ham followed it up with another huge loss to Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini's rampant side managed to put six goals past The Hammers with no reply to all but secure their place in the Capital One Cup Final.
Sam Allardyce's side are currently in 19th place in the Premier League with just 15 points from 20 games. They have not won any of their last six matches, losing five of them and conceding 22 goals in the process. They have also only managed to score five in that time. It is clear Allardyce needs reinforcements to strengthen both defence and the the attack.
Big Sam has said he will fight on and many have said that there aren't many better managers out there to get a club out of a situation like this. Andy Carroll has returned to training but they still need to bring in a few players. David Gold and David Sullivan have again lent their support and have backed the manager. It seems as if they will give him the chance to pull them out of danger.
Here are three players Allardyce should sign who can give West Ham the boost they need.
Lescott is currently out of favour at Manchester City and has been for some time. He hasn't been able to hold down a first team place at the club for a couple of seasons now. He is still one of the best English centre backs around and will be looking to move on to give himself a good chance of making England's World Cup squad. Let's not forget how important he was in City's title triumph in the 2011-2012 season, he was part of a formidable partnership with Vincent Kompany. Pellegrini has said he doesn't want him to leave, but Lescott will want first-team football. The leader that West Ham need.
Lacina Traore recently joined Monaco from Anzhi Makhachkala so it seems strange to see him linked with a move to West Ham. Monaco however are willing to lend him out on loan until the end of the season and The Hammers are in pole position to sign him temporarily. The London Evening Standard have reported that a deal is already in place and they are just waiting on a work permit. Traore is a tall striker who can be used as a target man which will favour Allardyce's style of play. However he is not just a one trick-pony as he is also a pacey striker who is good with his feet. He can help ease the burden on Carroll when he comes back and will certainly bring goals to the side.
Gyan was superb in the Premier League during his time at Sunderland. Unfortunately it was only a short spell, but he could be keen on returning in a loan deal. In the 2010-2011 season, Gyan wowed us with his exploits in the Premier League scoring some cracking goals so it was a surprise to see him leave on loan the next season when he joined Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates and then joined permanently with a reported salary of £140,000 a week after taxes. His record there is phenomenal with 64 goals in 49 games. He must want to play in a better standard league however, and West Ham should go all out to give him this opportunity.
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