David Gold talks up potential free signing for West Ham

Could Matty Etherington make a comeback for West Ham?

West Ham announced the signing of striker Diafra Sakho last night from Metz, and he may not be the last addition at Upton Park.

The Hammers yesterday had former winger Matty Etherington training with them, and co-owner David Gold revealed this morning that he is impressed with the shape he is in.

Etherington, 33, is a free agent after being released by Stoke City in June, having spent five-and-a-half seasons with the club.

He only made 11 appearances under Mark Hughes last campaign, but had been a key player under the previous regime of Tony Pulis.

Even in his limited showings, Etherington illustrated a crossing accuracy superior to West Ham's big money summer addition a year ago, Stewart Downing.

  TeamCross Accuracy %Apps
Matthew Etherington Stoke 42.42 11
Stewart Downing West Ham 28.97 32

As a player who knows the set up at West Ham, and flourished under Pulis' style of football at Stoke, he could be a sensible addition for Sam Allardyce.

Etherington too has a point to prove after being moved aside at Stoke, and on a free transfer he could be a shrewd addition for the Hammers if their interest is anything beyond helping out an old face get fit.

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