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Allardyce rules out swoop for Blackburn stopper as Henderson returns from Ipswich

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Photo: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Photo: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:30 AM

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce has poured cold water over rumours of a move for Blackburn’s Paul Robinson, saying West Ham are not in the market for a goalkeeper this January.

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Robinson has lost his place at Blackburn and Allardyce, who worked with the former Spurs stopper during his time at Ewood Park, had been linked with a January bid for the 33-year-old.

After number one Jussi Jaaskelainen, Allardyce only has Switzerland Under-19 international Raphael Spiegel currently at his disposal in goal.

But the Hammers boss insists he would be happy for 24-year-old stopper Stephen Henderson to provide cover in future.

Henderson is set to return to West Ham following a loan spell at Ipswich Town, and although he could be sidelined for up to two weeks with an ankle injury, Allardyce insists is happy with his options.

Asked if he was targeting a goalkeeper this month, he said: “Not at the moment. We’ve got Henderson on loan and young Spiegel who is progressing well.

“We can call Hendo back at any given time if we need him. I think we have the experience.”

Ex-Portsmouth keeper Henderson made 16 appearances for Championship side Ipswich after joining the club on a three-month loan in October, and Allardyce thinks he would be able to cope with the step up.

“Hendo has played enough games in the Championship,” he said.

“It would be a big step up to play in the Premier League but at the end of the day, he is playing on a regular basis and keeping match fit and sharp so if he is needed he is ready.”

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