West Ham latest: Reid addresses Arsenal rumours, Lazio man tweets anger at failed move

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Sam gives summer deals the thumbs up

Sam Allardyce has hailed West Ham United's summer transfer dealings, after deadline day saw the club secure their ninth and final signing in Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.

Having already brought in Aaron Creswell, Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diego Poyet, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate, the Hammers boss is looking forward to a successful season at Upton Park.

'It has been a good window for us,' he told the club's official website. 'There are some players of development among our signings in young Sakho and Diego Poyet, particularly those two. There, we are hoping to develop them this season, but it may not be this season.

'All the others, we're hoping will adapt to be very successful, particularly Enner Valencia. However, he is the most difficult one coming from South America and from a club in Mexico, so we may need to be a little more patient with him.'

Amalfitano delighted at Hammers switch

Amalfitano, 29, also spoke of his delight at sealing his permanent move to East London, having spent last season on loan at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion, where he scored four goals in 31 appearances.

With the deal announced right at the deadline, the versatile Frenchman is looking forward to his second crack at English football.

'I enjoyed my first year in English football and for that reason I have come back and hopefully I can improve again,' he said. 'The first year was good for my experience and I will try to help West Ham now by giving my best and continue to improve in this league. I like this country and this is the best league.

'I prefer to play behind the striker, but last year with West Brom I played on the right. I like to cross the ball too, but I can also give through passes from behind the striker. The coach will see what happens in every game and if he finds another position for me in the team, there is no problem for me.'

Lazio defender tweets anger at failed move

One player who wasn't so happy with the events of deadline day, however, was Lazio centre-back Michael Ciani, with the 30-year-old Frenchman taking to Twitter to express his frustration after a late move to West Ham failed to materialise.

Winston Reid ignores exit rumours

Defender Winston Reid is with the New Zealand national team at present, ahead of their match against Uzbekistan on 8th September, but the All Whites captain still took the time to address the rumours linking him with a last-minute move to Arsenal.

'You just get used to rumours to be honest. I concentrate on football.' - read into that what you will.

O'Brien withdraws from Republic of Ireland squad

A knee injury has forced fellow defender Joey O'Brien to withdraw from Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Oman in Dublin, as well as the opening European qualifier in Georgia on Sunday.

He'll now return to London to undergo treatment for the problem, and it remains to be seen how long he could be ruled out.

O'Neill urges Noble to go green

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In other Ireland-related news, manager O'Neill believes Mark Noble should forget about England, after being overlooked for the recent squad, and instead pledge his international allegiances to the green shirt.

The Hammers vice-captain declared on the weekend that he was considering making the switch, as he qualifies through his Cork-born grandparents, but the former Leicester and Aston Villa boss conceded that he might need some convincing.

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