The two sides meet at Upton Park this afternoon with Allardyce admitting he wanted to sign the 32-year-old during the January transfer window.
"He's a master of his position at the minute," said Allardyce. "It's all sorts of goals he scores. You saw his free-kick which he bent in a couple of weeks ago (against Stoke), he didn't get the accolades for that - it was world class.
"He's also got his through balls and finding of space and, if I had to liken him to anyone, it would be Teddy Sheringham."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball