West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has admitted the Hammers will add to their squad during the January transfer window, saying they need 'one or two’ new faces to seal promotion from the Championship this season.
The Hammers have responded well to be being relegated from the Premier League last season under new boss Sam Allardyce, and sit level on 50 points with leaders Southampton.
Brady revealed that the club had already turned down offers for key players, and said they must act in the transfer window to ensure their promotion push doesn’t lose momentum while also reserving words of praise for Allardyce’s impact since arriving at Upton Park in the summer.
"I think the board took a view that we wanted a manager who really had the right discipline, the right football and the right mentality to grind us out of this league and I think Sam's definitely brought that," Brady told Sky Sports.
"He's definitely brought some structure, planning and process. We're looking to strengthen the squad in the window.
"We've had offers for players that we won't accept and we've had offers to buy players that we've had turned down so it's a January merry-go-round at the moment. We need one or two to seal our final push.
"Funds are available. We never put a price on how much. Obviously we discuss that with the manager, but sadly we don't discuss that with Sky Sports News.
She added: "One thing we're very mindful of is West Ham needs its own stability. It's got its own debts and financial problems that we've inherited. We need to think very carefully about the players that we bring in, not just short term but ones that can make a long-term contribution to West Ham's playing squad. We'll see what happens."
West Ham have long been linked with a move for Huddersfield starlet Jordan Rhodes, and a £3 million bid for the in-demand forward has been turned down.
However Brady refused to admit or deny the talented youngster was on the club’s radar, merely saying: "I think that's a far better question for the manager, not the vice-chairman."