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Friday 7 February Updated Wednesday 18 February

Taylor backs Italians to shine

Matt Taylor is sure West Ham United's January Serie A recruits can help fire the Londoners up the Barclays Premier League table over the final 14 games of the season.

Sam Allardyce added AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, AS Roma striker Marco Borriello and SSC Napoli full-back Pablo Armero to his squad towards the end of the winter transfer window, with Italy international Nocerino already having made two appearances from the bench for his new side.

Fellow Italian Borriello and Colombian Armero could make their Hammers bows on Saturday when they travel to Aston Villa and Taylor is happy to have them on board.

He said: "The Italian lads, first and foremost, must be finding it difficult to have moved to a new city, a new country and a new culture, but they've taken the plunge and done that.

"They have CVs that could have seen them stay in Italy, in Serie A, but they have chosen to come to the Premier League.

"From what I've seen, both of them look to be very capable footballers. I'm hoping Marco can score some vital goals for us between now and the end of the season.

"Antonio is a very good footballer, a very good box-to-box midfielder, from the training I've seen. I'm sure he'll get his chance from the start soon to showcase his talents.

"Ultimately, whoever is picked, we need to make sure get behind them because that's the most important thing as a Club - that whoever plays, plays well."

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