Allardyce plans summer spending spree for West Ham

The Hammers boss has promised to strengthen his squad, insisting his side need "more goals" and "better players" to build on an impressive season back in the top flight
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he will be looking to strengthen his side at the end of the season with a summer spending spree.

The Hammers have had an impressive season so far, their first back in the Premier League after one season playing in the Championship, and currently sit in 10th place with 42 points, 10 clear of the relegation zone.

But Allardyce is determined to strengthen his squad in the summer in the hope of keeping the momentum going and building on this season's successes next term.

"To improve, we just need better players - it's that simple," he told reporters.

"We need to get a few more goals to get the points. We'll address that in the summer and hopefully we'll find some better players."

West Ham were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium and host relegation candidates Newcastle next weekend, and the upcoming clash is one that Hammers midfielder Gary O'Neil believes will be important if they are going to achieve a top half finish.

"We'll go into it trying to get another three points and see if we can stay in the top 10," he insisted.