Big Sam has admitted that he is looking to add another central defender to the club following Winston Reid's shoulder injury and Joey O'Brien and Guy Demel's hamstring problems.

Speaking at the start of a two-week break for the Hammers Allardyce admitted the period had come just at the right time for his squad.

“My main priority is to find a central defender to loan for the next two or three months,” Allardyce told the official site.  “Abdoulaye Faye and James Tomkins were outstanding at Hull but they were the only two defenders we have at the club at the moment.  I have to fill that position and help us carry on this great run of results that we are on.”

“The results have shown the quality in the squad is good enough but the depth of it is the problem. The two-week break is at the right time for us.  We don’t have many players away which is a blessing and we should get some of our injured players back in the squad to help us restart the league.”