West Ham again linked with Saints ace Lambert, but Allardyce admits a new defender is a priority

Daily Echo: Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce

WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce has again been linked with a move for Saints striker Rickie Lambert.

But the Hammers boss admitted shoring up his defence was his main priority during the current transfer window after a humiliating 5-0 FA Cup loss at Championship club Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce has several injuries in his defence and - on today's evidence - few ready to take up the mantle.

He confirmed he was interested in, though not confident, of a move for Manchester City's Joleon Lescott.

"I don't know if Joleon is available, but if it is possible I would like to get him," he confirmed.

Allardyce made no apologies for his decision to place the trip to Nottingham down the pecking order, with the relegation battle the most pressing ambition and a possible - if unlikely - trip to Wembley in the Capital One Cup next down the list.

"My priorities meant I put too many youngsters in and they were not able to withstand Forest's pressure in the last half an hour," he said.

"I picked the team so it is my responsibility. You know what my priorities are: the priorities are the Premier League first and then Capital One Cup.

"It's leg one on Wednesday (against Manchester City) and we need to get back to the second leg with an opportunity to get to Wembley and then get some points at Cardiff.

"My hands are tied behind my back every time I see what's available and the team is almost picking itself.

"It's a disaster at the moment, a total disaster and in certain areas we've not been able to cope."

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7:08pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Reality-man says...

Thanks for the memories Rickie
Thanks for the memories Rickie Reality-man

8:53pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Letitsnow says...

8 million , yes or no ..... For me it's a NO
8 million , yes or no ..... For me it's a NO Letitsnow

10:42pm Sun 5 Jan 14

speedyuk says...

After todays thumping and the poor poor attitude of the manager Lambo will not leave why risk his England place and playing Championship football again.

Hands off Sam you poor excuse for a football manager
After todays thumping and the poor poor attitude of the manager Lambo will not leave why risk his England place and playing Championship football again. Hands off Sam you poor excuse for a football manager speedyuk

11:17pm Sun 5 Jan 14

rednwhite72 says...

These rumours are a joke, in football terms there is absolutely no credible attraction to West Ham FC, especailly after the thumping forest just gave them, some of the players he is being linked too is a joke too.
Champagne thoughts and lemonade pockets...dream on Walter!
These rumours are a joke, in football terms there is absolutely no credible attraction to West Ham FC, especailly after the thumping forest just gave them, some of the players he is being linked too is a joke too. Champagne thoughts and lemonade pockets...dream on Walter! rednwhite72

6:12am Mon 6 Jan 14

SaintinCanada says...

Remember Fat Sam spent investors's money for a "loan-deal" for Pompey's 3rd choice goalie to keep them afloat so they wouldn't lose points.

Fat Sam will not have to worry about his rent money or groceries.

Fat Sam does as Fat Sam is.

Other peoples' money......and a chance to reflect about it on a Caribbean beach some future Winter's day, with that other rubber-faced one from Bournemouth.
Remember Fat Sam spent investors's money for a "loan-deal" for Pompey's 3rd choice goalie to keep them afloat so they wouldn't lose points. Fat Sam will not have to worry about his rent money or groceries. Fat Sam does as Fat Sam is. Other peoples' money......and a chance to reflect about it on a Caribbean beach some future Winter's day, with that other rubber-faced one from Bournemouth. SaintinCanada

2:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

UPTON PARK is a rest home for the old has been s , So while would Rickie want to leave the santuary of St Mary s , and young talented blood around him ?
UPTON PARK is a rest home for the old has been s , So while would Rickie want to leave the santuary of St Mary s , and young talented blood around him ? SPIKEISLANDTRADER

3:06pm Mon 6 Jan 14

hedge end bob says...

Lets think about it for a moment.Sam's hoofball would mean no more running around for Rickie.. He maybe offered a staring role just like the kicker in American football ie. just brought on too take penalty's ??. And just imagine the fun he would have watching those bubbles floating away just like his ENGLAND DREAMS WOULD. No way will he move.
Lets think about it for a moment.Sam's hoofball would mean no more running around for Rickie.. He maybe offered a staring role just like the kicker in American football ie. just brought on too take penalty's ??. And just imagine the fun he would have watching those bubbles floating away just like his ENGLAND DREAMS WOULD. No way will he move. hedge end bob

5:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

lowe esteem says...

There are many reasons for wanting this SINISTER and slightly disrupting rumour to disappear like a blown bubble.
There is clearly a driven and ugly campaign by 'interested parties' in the metropolis for this to come off, financially and otherwise. One of the lesser reasons is dissipating rapidly as Sam fights to save his own skin again.
As a talismanic member of this successful Saints machine through all it's recent successes and momentum, there would only be sinister and disruptive influences wanting 'Our Rickie' away. All that is good is here, and Rickie has still got a huge part to play in our future. This fanbase can very quickly tell you of our spent forces who are needing of another chance elsewhere, and it is these individuals that should be moved on, they're 'quite good'-but is that good enough for The Saints?.
There are many reasons for wanting this SINISTER and slightly disrupting rumour to disappear like a blown bubble. There is clearly a driven and ugly campaign by 'interested parties' in the metropolis for this to come off, financially and otherwise. One of the lesser reasons is dissipating rapidly as Sam fights to save his own skin again. As a talismanic member of this successful Saints machine through all it's recent successes and momentum, there would only be sinister and disruptive influences wanting 'Our Rickie' away. All that is good is here, and Rickie has still got a huge part to play in our future. This fanbase can very quickly tell you of our spent forces who are needing of another chance elsewhere, and it is these individuals that should be moved on, they're 'quite good'-but is that good enough for The Saints?. lowe esteem

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