Pardew waits to spend
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew is looking to bring in at least two more players for West Ham.Alan Pardew is looking to bring in at least two more players for West Ham but has dampened talk of a swoop for Luis Figo.
The Hammers boss has already been active in the transfer market following the club's promotion to The Premiership after signing James Collins, Danny Gabbidon, Paul Konchesky and Roy Carroll.
But Pardew is not resting on his laurels and is anxious to add further depth to his squad before the start of the season.
Pardew has money to spend but he concedes his hands are currently tied while he waits for the big clubs to outline their intentions.
"I've got the finances to take two, maybe three, more top players here," Pardew told Sky Sports News.
"I hope to do that before the start of the season but I'm in limbo a little.
"Champions League teams have the added carrot of being able to attract players with the temptation to play in that. At the moment I'm playing second fiddle to those clubs.
"Once they have made their moves, then one or two are likely."
A bid for Liverpool target Figo has been scratched from the agenda by Pardew as he feels the Real Madrid winger is an unrealistic option.
He is looking to bring players of Figo's ilk to Upton Park and wants someone to help Teddy Sheringham with the creative burden.
"It will be nice to bring in one or two in the mould of Teddy and pass on a little experience and quality, to inspire people," added Pardew.
"One thing for sure is that the flair bracket in my squad needs to improve and that is an area I am particularly looking at.
"If any established player fancies that challenge of coming to try and take us forward I'm all ears for it if they want to get in contact with me."
West Ham have been linked with Israel international Yossi Benayoun and Pardew will hope to finalise his transfer plans as soon as possible.