West Ham United owners David Gold and David Sullivan have issued a statement supporting manager Sam Allardyce as well as suggesting that West Ham will be active in the January transfer window.

The Hammers sit second from bottom in the Premier League table after a dire run in which they won once in the last 13 games and were humiliated 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

The letter pointed out that Allardyce has been handed "a near impossible task" and went on to say:

"It is never enjoyable being knocked out of a cup competition and losing by such a large scoreline to a lower division side is hard to take for us all.

"We thought the youngsters gave their all and did not stop trying, but in the end Nottingham Forest's experience proved too much for us.

"I know Sam would have loved to have put out a more varied side, with our talented youngsters accompanied by more senior players in the starting XI.

"But many key players are out injured and Sam has been handed a near impossible task of coming through three crucial games in the space of six days with a squad of only 14 fit and available senior players.

"This is not an excuse, it is a fact."

The letter also said that West Ham will be going after players in this transfer window and are already close to signing new players, one of whom is Monaco striker Lacina Traore.

"January is not an easy time to do business but we are pleased to confirm we are close to securing one of our key striking targets.

"A defender is high on the list of priorities as well and progress is being made on that front."

The decision to go after a striker is in the light of big money signing Andy Carroll having not yet played for West Ham due to a long standing injury. It is believed that the Traore move will be short term to make up for Carroll's absence.

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