Football: West Ham not dreaming of Champions League yet, says Allardyce

LONDON (REUTERS) - West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is not dreaming of qualifying for the Champions League just yet but that could change in January if his side continue their flying start to the English Premier League season.

Fourth-placed West Ham, who have 27 points from 15 games, have surpassed expectations with a string of fine attacking displays and the London side will be hoping to record their fourth straight win when they travel to Sunderland on Saturday.

"If we're still here towards the end of January then we'll reassess our aims," Allardyce told a news conference on Thursday. "By that point we'll have played 20 games, we'll have played everybody once so we should have a good indicator of where we are.

"We'll see what everybody has got in their locker, everybody would've seen what we have in ours so it'll be a question of whether we can carry it on."