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Allardyce keen to strengthen West Ham defensive options

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen his team's backline in the January transfer window. Allardyce had to move midfielder Alou Diarra into a deeper role during the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford.

"We will try and get some defenders in as quick as we can," the Hammers chief said.

"Alou Diarra did a fantastic job today to help with our defensive side - of players availability because we've only got Winston Reid, James Tomkins and Guy Demel who are experienced defenders."

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