West Ham consider signing trialists

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is running the rule over two trialists at Upton Park at the moment.

The transfer window may be closed, but West Ham are still considering adding to their squad with two free agents currently on trial at Upton Park.

Aussie left back David Carney and Brazilian midfielder Juca have been training with the club for the past two weeks and both played in the development squad’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday afternoon.

International Carney, 27, played in Blackpool’s relegated team last season before being released and he could provide cover for current left back George McCartney.

The Aussie has also had spells at Sheffield United, Norwich City and FC Twente in Holland, so may well have the experience that manager Sam Allardyce is looking for.


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The only other left back at the club is Congo International Herita Ilunga, but he seems to be completely out of the picture at the moment, to the extent that he was not included in the club’s official team photo.

Juca, 31, spent the past two years at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, scoring three goals in 24 appearances, but before that he had a much more successful period at Partizan Belgrade.

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The defensive midfielder made 43 starts for Partizan and helped them to the league and cup double in Serbia.

He is a specialist free-kick and corner-taker and demonstrated that art in the friendly with Spurs.

Allardyce will keep his options open with regard to both players with another possible signing being a central defender on loan.

Both trialists will continue to train at the club over the next week.

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