West Ham United transfers: ‘Hammers need one more striker’

West Ham United transfers: Tony Cottee believes the Hammers need to bring in one more striker ahead of next season

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Sam Allardyce's side finished 10th in the Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

Tony Cottee believes that West Ham United need to bring in one more striker to complement the arrival of Andy Carroll ahead of next season.

Carroll completed a much-anticipated move to Upton Park on a six-year deal from Liverpool after the 24-year-old England international impressed during his season-long loan from the Reds last term.

However, Hammers legend Cottee believes that Sam Allardyce will look to bring in another forward before the start of the 2013-14 campaign as the east London club look to build on their 10th-place finish last season.

“It was a good season for the club last year, finishing 10th in our first season back in the Premier League,” Cottee told West Ham TV. “Right at the end of last season, I felt we needed to strengthen up front.

“The Andy Carroll conundrum has been resolved and we obviously have Modibo Maiga, Ricardo Vaz Te and Elliot Lee as the guys who are squad players. To have a successful season in the Premier League you need to have four quality strikers.

“That is the aim as we come towards the start of the season. We need to get a striker in. The signing of Andy is great for the Club, so if we can keep Maiga and Vaz Te and get one more in, then I feel that is where our priorities lie.

“We’re pretty good in midfield. We could maybe do with a couple of players with a little bit of pace in the squad.

“At centre-half we’re fine and I think we’re OK in the goalkeeping position, so it’s mainly the forward positions for me.”

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