Alan's A1 Attack

Alan Pardew is delighted by his new look strike force - and is looking forward to seeing Sergei Rebrov in the claret and blue on Saturday against Anderlecht.

"We have got Sergei Rebrov who we are very excited about and he will get an even hand here to show how good he is, we have Teddy who I am very pleased with, and Bobby and Marlon - who everybody wants.

"We have got four top line strikers and we showed at Colchester we can create enough for them to get the goals we need to go where we want to go - into the Premier League.

"Sergei is a little bit different to the other three - he is sharp and lively and a bit similar to David Connolly who we have just sold, but he has a high technical ability that, with all due respects to most players in this division, they couldn't match.

"That is what we hope to bring to Upton Park, the sort of player our fans have expected in the past.

"We have just been very, very lucky through circumstances to have him and no one is more happy than me about that.

"He is looking forward to putting a West Ham shirt on and showing how good he is."

Alan is still looking around for more recruits, and is confident that he will get them.

"I'd certainly like to have two more players; I know I have got one already and he will come in on Monday, and hopefully there will be one more," he reveals.

There could, of course, be outgoings as well, and Alan explains:

"As a manager you don't want anyone to leave but we are trying to manage the club not to put it at risk and we have to carefully watch our budget all the time."

While the signings of Sergei and Teddy have grabbed the headlines, Alan also believes that James Walker, who played the full game at Colchester on Wednesday, will have an important role to play as well.

"I think James will show people he has been at Walsall far too long; he is a top goalie who I have given a chance at the club, and I think he is going to take it.

"He still has to budge Stephen Bywater who will probably start as our number one."

As for the 2-1 win on Wednesday, Alan says:

"I thought it was a fantastic first half; we really played well and you have to admire the condition Teddy Sheringham is in at 38 - he made us look a very good team."

However, Alan is not looking to bring in Darren Anderton to the club as well, and he reveals:

"I did enquire about what he's up to because I genuinely feel I've got room to bring in some senior players; he is London based, he's looking for a new club, and he's a quality player - but obviously I don't want to bring in too many Tottenham players because I won't get many West Ham fans patting me on the back for that."

He does, however, feel he will be successful in bringing in more talent and explains:

"We have had to work hard, but it's not all about money - this club has a bit more than that.

"There's the attraction of our fans and the set-up that we have, which makes it easier for me to bring in players.

"People want to play because of our support, the atmosphere we can generate, and the history behind us."

Meanwhile, there was something of an irony in Ben Bowditch being accredited with the Colchester goal - after much discussion in the Layer Road press box - on Wednesday.

He has faced Swiss trialist Yves Mieville, who was on as a substitute for West Ham at the time, once before - for England U20s against Switzerland U20s two years Upton Park.