Allardyce outlines Italian expectations

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has given his assessment of new Italian signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello.

Struggling West Ham have turned to Italy in a bid to beat the drop with the signatures of Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello.

Battling midfielder Nocerino shot to stardom with a fantastic 2011-12 campaign but has struggled to make his mark at AC Milan lately, while striker Borriello has been out of action at Roma.

Both men are Italian internationals and were significant swoops for the Hammers and Allardyce has given a summary of his expectations for the new recruits.

"I'm not expecting any more signings - these two are enough. We have a squad of 25 players," Allardyce told a press conference.

"Nocerino is very excited to play in the Premier League and he is especially motivated because it's a chance to secure a place at the World Cup.

"He is a versatile midfielder who can cover many areas of the pitch. He is the kind of player you need to be in the Premier League - tactically intelligent and he reads the game very well. His experience will help us.

"Antonio will be ready very soon while Borriello will need more time given that he hasn't played for a while."

Before arriving at Upton Park from Roma, Borriello had been relegated to back-up for much of the season as the Giallorossi were able to function without an out-and-out striker.

However, Borriello has a proven scoring track record for other clubs, especially Genoa, and his style of play should suit English football.

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