West Ham boss Sam Allardyce targets 25 players for January

Sam Allardyce
Allardyce took over at Upton Park in June

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has targeted 25 players in the January transfer window who could help revitalise his injury-hit squad.

Allardyce is currently without eight first-team players, while Jack Collison and Joey O'Brien are suspended.

"There are about 25 names on my pad already at the minute," Allardyce told BBC London 94.9.

"It is important to sift through the information we have and try to make the right choices as quickly as we can."

The 57-year-old added: "Hopefully we will deliver a player into the squad as quickly as possible in January."

The Hammers boss is currently without David Bentley who is ruled out with a long-term injury, while Winston Reid, Sam Baldock, Matt Taylor, Guy Demel, Henri Lansbury, Ruud Boffin and Gary O'Neil are all battling other injuries.

Allardyce will also be without Collison and O'Brien for the visit of Barnsley to Upton Park on Saturday, after the pair were sent of during last weekend's defeat against Reading.

"That is 50% of our team if they're all playing," said Allardyce.

"We have very few players available to be selected. I have to fit a system around what's available, rather than dropping players into a system that is good for us.

"It is very difficult to cope with at the moment, but we have to. If we are going to get where we want in this situation then we have to make sure we dig a result out."

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