Sam Allardyce cools Obafemi Martins rumours

Obafemi Martins #9 of Seattle Sounders FC and A.J. DeLaGarza #20 of Los Angeles Galaxy fight for the ball in the second half at The Home Depot Center on May 26, 2013
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Sam Allardyce says that West Ham United are not looking at a loan move for Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has brushed off reports linking him with a loan move for Seattle Sounders frontman Obafemi Martins.

The Hammers boss is looking to his striking options in the January transfer window, with Diego Forlan, Diego Milito, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Bafetimbi Gomis rumoured to be among his list of targets.

However, Allardyce revealed that the 29-year-old Nigerian is not one of those on his radar.

"I haven't heard anything about Oba," the 59-year-old told reporters. "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."

The former Newcastle United striker scored eight goals in 21 appearances in the MLS last season.

Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at KC Stadium on September 28, 2013
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