Sam Allardyce explains Morgan Amalfitano signing

Morgan Amalfitano of Olympique de Marseille in action during the pre-season friendly match between Parma FC and Olympique de Marseille at Stadio Ennio Tardini on July 31, 2013
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West Ham United manager explains why the club signed Morgan Amalfitano after he was told that he had no future at Marseille.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed why the club completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on transfer deadline day.

Amalfitano enjoyed a loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last season but was told that he had no future under new boss Marcelo Bielsa at parent club Marseille.

"He's played Champions League football and been in and around the top of the French league with Marseille," Allardyce told reporters.

"I spoke to [former West Brom manager] Steve Clarke about the player. He's a creator with a few goals to add to that, and if we can get a few more goals out of him that would be fine. Last season goals were a struggle, not the performances, that's why at times we didn't win as many games as we should have.

"He's a creative player and can play in a number of positions. For him to get better than four goals, that would be a great addition to our overall total. Him and Alex Song were two exceptionally good signings late in the transfer window."

Amalfitano won his sole cap for the French national side in 2012.

Alex Song of West Ham United acknowledges the fans as he joins the club on loan prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at Boleyn Ground on August 30, 2014
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