West Ham manager Sam Allardyce confirms Nene ready for debut

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Image: Nene: Set for West Ham debut against Palace

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that new striker Nene will make his debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Brazilian failed to make the squad for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Tottenham but will play some part against the Eagles after Carlton Cole picked up a hamstring problem at White Hart Lane.

Allardyce said: "Nene would have probably featured anyway but he will definitely be involved now because we're down to the two strikers with Andy Carroll's injury and Carlton Cole's new hamstring problem.

Nene would have probably featured anyway but he will definitely be involved now because we're down to the two strikers with Andy Carroll's injury and Carlton Cole's new hamstring problem.
Sam Allardyce

"Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho did a fantastic job - like the whole team - against Tottenham. It was just a shame we were not all going out celebrating another victory against Tottenham."

Former PSG and Monaco forward Nene was released by Qatari side Al-Gharafa at the start of the year and arrived at Upton Park on a free transfer.

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