Adding defensive strength to his first-team squad is his chief concern and, having lost Tal Ben Haim to Chelsea, Allardyce is determined to make a breakthrough.
Rozehnal Bound For Germany
Paris-Saint Germain's David Rozehnal remains on his wanted list, although despite claims from the Czech's agent United are in pole position, officials at the Parc des Princes last night said Borussia Dortmund is Rozehnal's likely destination.
The German newspapers are full of reports saying the deal is just about done and dusted, and he will have talks with Dortmund today.
Newcastle have been linked with Barcelona's Ludovic Giuly, but following Allardyce's assertion he is not interested, the Frenchman last night said : "I want to remain at Barcelona - if that's what I desire, no one will be able to transfer me."