West Ham still searching for more attacking options, reveals McDonald

Sam Allardyce's right-hand man has admitted the club are looking to bolster their forward line before the close of the transfer window but wouldn't be drawn on specific tagets

West Ham are focusing on bringing further attacking options to the club during the final days of the transfer window, according to assistant manager Neil McDonald.

Modibo Maiga and Matt Jarvis are currently the only attack-minded players to sign for the club this summer and, despite Andy Carroll turning down a move to London, McDonald has revealed the club have not been deterred in their pursuit for talent.

"The manager and the board have worked very hard to bring people in and if we could nick another one before the end it would be brilliant," McDonald told reporters.

"That would bring extra competition, it would be another body which would be good for the team.

"We are scouring all over the place. If we get the right person then hopefully the chairman can pop up with the money again and get them in."

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Forward Nicky Maynard has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from the club despite a man-of-the-match scoring display during the 2-0 League Cup success over Crewe Alexandra.

However, McDonald has stressed Maynard is still part of the Hammers’ plans and that the club are only looking to add to bulk their current forward line, not deplete it.

He added: "He is an important member of the squad and he has put in a good performance today and given the manager something to think about, that's for sure.

"That is all you can do. He is certainly a goal scorer and he took his goal very, very well. He is involved all the time, he is on the bench. Nothing that I have heard [suggests he won't be here this time next week]."

Striker Modibo Maiga netted his first goal for the Upton Park outfit against Crewe and McDonald was very impressed with his impressive performance.

He continued: "I thought he was fantastic. He is still getting used to the pace of English football and that takes time to settle into,I thought he got stronger as the game went along."