West Ham boss Allardyce defends Downing signing
"I firmly believe that Stewart, when he has recovered from this injury, will go on and prove a valuable player for West Ham. Of course we were looking to strengthen our striking options but at the time we couldn't find one who would fit the bill.
"Yes, there were strikers around but we wanted one of top quality and the price was way above the fee that we paid for Stewart.
"As a manager you have to take your chances and finding a top striker, whether he be from this country or elsewhere, is not easy."
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