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Allardyce told he must sell before he can buy
12:08pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
PREMIER LEAGUE: WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce admits it is unlikely he will be able to bring in any more firepower before tonight’s transfer deadline.
This is despite watching his team fail to muster a single shot at goal in their 1-0 loss to Stoke at Upton Park on Saturday.
Allardyce must sell before he can buy, with Ricardo Vaz Te – who is “frustrated” with life at Upton Park – the likeliest to depart in what will be an intense countdown to the deadline.
“We don’t have any money to spend unless anyone is sold so the chances of strengthening are slim,” Allardyce said.
“If you’re going to move someone out to get someone in, you can’t move anyone out until you’ve brought someone in, so the timing is critical.
“If you only need to get the players in, like we did last year, that’s an easy job.
“But if they must overlap to create the finance to bring them in, they’re almost having to sign at the same time.
“I can’t let a player sign for the opposition until I definitely know the player coming in will sign for us.
“Until he’s put his signature on the paper, he hasn’t signed for us even if he’s in the same building.
“That makes life extremely difficult. It’s also extremely difficult to find players to play at this level and if we bring someone in it will be from abroad.”
Rejuvenated Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant’s sublime free kick in the 82nd minute proved to be the difference between the two sides at Upton Park.
In truth though Stoke should have made the game safe long before that with Kenwyne Jones, Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters failing to convert first-half chances.
“I think everybody would agree that we deserved to win,” said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
“From the first minute until the last we got the ball down, passed and moved. Overall we always looked a threat and the only criticism I’d have is we should have won more comprehensively.”
Allardyce called it the worst game his team have played at Upton Park since returning to the Premier League last season.
“At home, I haven’t seen us play that badly since we’ve been back in the Premier League, sadly,” he said.
“We have to accept that, at this moment in time, it looks like we’re still establishing ourselves in the Premier League.
“We still can’t quite reach the level of consistency this league demands. It was a really off day for us, a bad day. Our back four limited Stoke very well.
“But the front six in terms of creativity really wasn’t there. It really wasn’t good enough and we played poorly, individually and collectively.”