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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has defended his summer market work.

Fans are upset Allardyce failed to bring in another striker, but the manager insists it was not for the want of trying.

Allardyce sought to clarify the situation in his programme notes ahead of victory over Fulham.

He wrote: "A lot has been said and written about our forward situation, so I want to set the record straight.

"During the August transfer window, we tried to sign four front players - Romelu Lukaku, Loic Remy, Demba Ba and Marko Arnautovic. Three of them opted to go elsewhere, for whatever reason, while one stayed where he is now. We made attempts to bring all of them to the club, but unfortunately we didn't manage it.

"We have already made our preparations ahead of the market opening again in January and, whether Andy Carroll and our other strikers are fit or not, we will be looking to bring in reinforcements in that area."

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