Sam Allardyce is thrilled with the Club's latest January dealings, having secured the signatures of Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello on loan until the end of the season. 

While the Hammers boss is confident the pair will make a considerable impact in the coming weeks and months, he insists that their arrival, alone, will boost all at West Ham United.

Experienced campaigners and Italy internationals, the Naples-born players bring no shortage of quality to the party and are both said to be delighted at the prospect of Barclays Premier League football.       

"At long last, after a gruelling eight weeks or so, we've finally managed to secure two new faces," said Big Sam. "We've found Antonio on the back of the fact it's a one in, one out situation. They've taken Michael Essien from Chelsea, which left the door open for Antonio to come and try and play in the Premier League, which he's very excited about. He wants to play and wants to achieve as much as he did in Italy, as well as wanting to get in the Italian squad for the World Cup.

"Marco wants to come and chance his arm, like most players will, in the most exciting league in the world. He has got a good track record for being a lively frontman scoring a few goals, even though recently that's not been the case due to a few niggly injuries.

"From a fitness point of view, Antonio's fine to be selected whenever. I think there's always a settling in period, but it has to be very quickly because of the window that we're in and because of the games coming thick and fast. So we hope that's going to be a quick integration."

With players steadily returning from injury too, Big Sam believes there is now plenty of reason to be positive ahead of Wednesday's trip to Stamford Bridge and four crucial February fixtures.    

As for his new additions, Sam has suitably high hopes for their Hammers careers, confident that two intelligent footballers will have little trouble adapting to the demands of English football. 

He continued: "With the reintroduction of Andy [Carroll] now as well as Marco, it should bring a bit more optimism to everyone at West Ham at the moment, with the fact that these players are coming back, new players have signed and obviously some big games coming up for us.

"Antonio is a box-to-box midfielder with a certain quality of understanding where the space is, finding space and knowing the position of linking, but also getting up into the final third. Playing at the top level in Italy brings a great deal of experience with the talent that he has got.

"When you come into this league and play in this league, you need intelligence. What goes between the ears is the most important thing and certainly he's an intelligent footballer and that's what we're looking forward to him hopefully bringing. More at both ends, in terms of out of possession and in possession, as every midfielder has to do today.

"With Marco, it's about getting him on the field and talking about nothing else other than scoring goals. I think that's the bottom line for us. In the end, if he's not doing too much outside the box, but he's doing it in the box, this is what we need now. We need someone in that to start being productive in terms of how many goals they score and when they get a chance, they only need one or two to score. Goals are what we want from him."