West Ham boss Allardyce admits shopping for new striker

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits he's shopping for cover for Enner Valencia.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits he's shopping for cover for Enner Valencia.

Ecuador international Valencia was granted a work permit to complete his move to Upton Park last week but did not travel with the squad to Germany for this weekend's Schalke 04 Cup.

The 25-year-old now needs to build his fitness and will miss the campaign opener with Spurs a week on Saturday.

"He (Valencia) needs to do at least three weeks' work before we'd consider him for the first team," said Allardyce following his side's 7-6 penalty shootout victory over Schalke last night.

"So yes (I want to sign a new striker). I hope it happens before Tottenham, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

"Everyone is trying extremely hard – especially the chairmen."

 
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