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West Ham manager Avram Grant could add new faces to his squad this weekend after signing French striker Frederic Piquionne and Mexico winger Pablo Barrera.

Barrera, who impressed at the World Cup, and Piquionne, whom Grant worked with at Portsmouth, were brought in on Friday and join free transfer Thomas Hitzlsperger as the additions so far at Upton Park this summer.

And supporters were told to be braced for "further major additions.... within the next 72 hours" on Friday night.

Israel international Tal Ben-Haim, another of Grant's former Portsmouth players, is reported to be close to completing a switch to Upton Park, but it has emerged the Hammers now face competition from both Liverpool and Tottenham in the chase for £12million-rated Nice striker Loic Remy.

Nevertheless, in Barrera and Piquionne, Grants has acquired players who could have an major impact in the new season.

Barrera - a £4million signing from Pumas, after receiving his work permit on Friday - made three appearances at the World Cup, all as a substitute, as Mexico reached the last 16.

The 23-year-old intends to hit the ground running.

"The fans can expect that I will give 100% to succeed for the team and to play better than I have every played before," he said.

"I am very fast and can use both feet. I like the one-on-one situations and to take on my opponent and beat my rivals. I like to excite the supporters.

"People have said that I am the sort of player that the fans want to have the ball as often as possible because I can make things happen."

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