By Tony Hughes

Stan Collymore has reacted with surprise that West Ham have been eliminated from the Europa League.

The Hammers failed to reach the group stage of the competition as Astra Giurgiu won the two-legged qualifier 2-1 on aggregate.

West Ham’s 1-1 draw away last week had appeared to have given them a solid base going in to the second match at the London Stadium on Thursday night but Romanian minnows Astra won 1-0 to deliver a major shock.

Remarkably, it was the second successive season that Astra have knocked the Hammers out of the Europa League qualifying round.

Former Liverpool striker-turned-pundit Collymore expressed his surprise at the result on his personal Twitter account after the match.

West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season to earn a crack at the Europa League but Collymore believes they would do well to match that notable position this season.

The broadcaster believes a “top ten, good cup and stability” would be regarded as a fine achievement for a club with “huge” potential.

The defeat to Astra was West Ham’s third competitive match at the London Stadium, and their first loss at their new home.

In other West Ham news, this £24million man has reportedly agreed terms on a move to East London.