West Ham coach Stuart Pearce makes new signing admission ahead of January transfer window

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West Ham coach Stuart Pearce has outlined the club’s most important aim ahead of potential incomings in the January transfer window. West Ham are currently fifth in the Premier League table and arguably have one of their best chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

However, David Moyes’ squad has been stretched to the extreme of late.

Star defenders Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma are both out with long-term injuries.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio is the only recognised striker at Moyes’ disposal.

Former Hammers defender Pearce, who has worked alongside Moyes at both his spells at the London Stadium, spoke to talkSPORT on Wednesday morning following the club’s Carabao Cup exit to Tottenham the previous night.

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The 59-year-old says they are looking to bring in new faces next month.

However, Pearce repeatedly stated “the right people” must be signed and they wouldn’t rush into deals for the wrong characters.

“We certainly are doing the work in trying to get the people in,” Pearce said.

“They’ve got to be the right people, that’s for sure.

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“We can buff out the squad and bring people in, but getting the right people is the most important thing.

“As for David, he wants to make sure the right people come through the door with the right work ethic, that sort of thing.

“If the right ones are available at the right price, then we will certainly be in the mix for it. If they’re not then we will sit tight and see what we will do.

“That’s the bottom line and that’s been the proviso in the last few windows. Make sure the right people are coming in.”

As well as success in the Premier League, West Ham topped their Europa League group.

But former Wales and Liverpool forward Dean Saunders believes improvement up front is necessary by Moyes next month.

“I don’t think West Ham are the same team without Antonio,” Saunders said on talkSPORT.

“He’s a massive player for them. He does all the chasing down and is a nuisance on the break.

“He runs down the sides, strong as an ox, and gets goals.

“The owners have been chucking money at it for a while now. When [Manuel] Pellegrini was the manager they gave him a load of money and that didn’t work.

“David Moyes, they get him back and he’s got a team together now. If I was one of the owners now, I’d be saying ‘what do you need, David?’”

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