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Hammers boss confirms Maynard approach

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West Ham's summer shopping spree may not be about to finish just yet, after Sam Allardyce confirmed the club were interested in bringing Nicky Maynard to Upton Park.

The Bristol City striker has been the subject of interest from Leicester in the past few months but, so far, the Robins have not received an offer that meets their valuation of the 24-year-old.

Keith Millen still remains hopeful Maynard will extend his contract - which has one year remaining - beyond its current terms; a situation which the Hammers are monitoring closely.

"It is down to whether Bristol City want to sell," Allardyce told The People.

"We have looked into whether he's available but enquiries have been made as discreetly as possible."

Meanwhile, Allardyce was yesterday left to reflect on what might have been after he twice watched his side relinquish a lead against Simon Grayson's Leeds United.

The east London club saw an early strike from Carlton Cole cancelled out by Ross McCormack, before Adam Clayton made amends for Patrick Kisnorbo's own goal in the closing minutes.


 

And Allardyce admits his players invited too much pressure and, ultimately, where left to pay the price.

"When you are 2-1 up at home you have to take responsibility for seeing the game out," he said.

"You don't put pressure on yourself and unfortunately we did. We don't do what needs to be done to get the result, we've lacked the professionalism.

"Away from home it's not been a problem, the opposition haven't had a sniff, but here it puts a fear factor in everybody before they turn up at the next home game.

"That fear factor means everyone at the stadium is going to be edgy next time and that makes it very difficult for us to win matches.

"To win two away and then falter at home is a great shame but that anxiety will not go away until we win a game."

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