Allardyce’s window shopping boosts Hammers promotion bid

WEST HAM manager Sam Allardyce attempted to compensate for the loss of the inspirational Scott Parker with a flurry of deadline day signings.

The Hammers, who have made an encouraging start to life in the Championship, signed Senegalese powerhouse Papa Bouba Diop on Tuesday and bolstered their midfield last night with the loan signings of David Bentley from Spurs and Henri Lansbury from Arsenal.

England Under-21 international Lansbury played a prominent part in Norwich’s promotion campaign last season and, despite the lack of midfield options at Emirates Stadium, was deemed surpluss to requirements.

Bentley, who has been a massive disappointment since his club record £16m move from Blackburn in 2008, will be joined by his former Arsenal team-mate, Ivory Coast international defender Guy Demel .