Sam Allardyce unaware of interest in former Newcastle star

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he knows nothing of stories linking the Hammers with a move for former Newcastle striker Obefami Martins, reports talkSPORT.

The Hammers troubles in goal have been well documented in recent weeks, and Allardyce has been linked with a move for a host of strikers in January.

Some reports have suggested the Hammers boss has drawn up a list of 20 potential forward signings, but Allardyce has confirmed Martins is not one of them.

The Nigerian forward played under Allardyce during his ill-fated spell in charge of the Magpies in the 2007-2008 season.

The 29-year-old is currently on the books of American club Seattle Sounders, and would be allowed to make a loan move in January during the MLS close season.

However Allardyce has confirmed he knows nothing of the rumours linking his side with a move for the powerful striker.

He said: “I haven’t heard anything about Oba. He’s playing in America at the moment. Everyone knows if we’re in the market for a player, we’ll be linked with everybody. We’ll deal with that – speculation is speculation.”