Allardyce reveals how ex-Spurs defender has helped him land international defender

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Sam Allardyce has revealed that Ryan Nelsen recommended Doneil Henry to him ahead of the Canadian's move to West Ham.

West Ham are facing up to the prospect of losing star centre back Winston Reid in January, and manager Sam Allardyce has been linked with a host of potential replacements.

Reid, 26, is out of contract in 2015, meaning the top Premier League clubs are circling with the intention of tying up a cut-price deal next month - leading to speculation linking Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, Dan Burn and Nicolas Nkoulou with moves to Upton Park.

However, it seems like Allardyce is going to try and mould the next Reid, with 21-year-old Canadian international Doneil Henry on the verge of completing a move to the Hammers.

Henry, who is owned by Apollon Limassol but has been on loan at former club Toronto, is an athletic defender who has been on trial with West Ham earlier this year.

Now, Allardyce has revealed how he became of Henry's talents - it was upon the recommendation of his former Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen.

The ex-Tottenham centre back was manager of Toronto for just over 18 months, meaning he oversaw the development of Henry as a promising defender; and told his former boss Allardyce to snap him up.

"He’s recommended to me by my captain at Blackburn Rovers, who managed him at Toronto," said Allardyce. "When you get the recommendation of somebody you respect like Ryan Nelsen, you don’t ignore that advice. That’s the best advice you could get."

Henry's arrival could be announced this week, with just a work permit application keeping him from pulling on the Claret and Blue of West Ham, according to reports.

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