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The experienced manager has already brought in four new players but believes that he still has to improve the quality of the side ahead of their return to the Premier League

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is looking to add to his squad “as quickly as possible” to improve the quality of the options at this disposal.

The Hammers were promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking thanks to their Wembley play-off triumph over Blackpool, and have already brought in goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson, midfielder Mohamed Diame and defender George McCartney.

However, Allardyce is aware of the need to improve the all-round standard of players at the club as they look to avoid dropping straight back down to the Championship.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, the manager declared: "Right now, our main is to improve the quality of the squad and get some new faces in as quickly as possible.

“That has been the most difficult task of the summer."

The club have been linked with a host of names so far this summer including Inter duo Dejan Stankovic and Luc Castaignos and Tottenham’s veteran centre-back William Gallas.