By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham are preparing to smash their transfer record this summer, according to Karren Brady.
The Hammers’ vice-chairman has given some insight into the club’s plans by predicting the east Londoners will eclipse the £15.5million fee they spent to entice Andy Carroll from Liverpool in the summer of 2013.
Brady also expressed confidence that West Ham will hang on to their prize assets, including Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio.
Brady spoke of West Ham’s ambitions as she looked to the future following the club’s last competitive match at Upton Park.
Slaven Bilic’s team lost to Swansea on Saturday on an emotional day for supporters ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium next season.
“I understand the emotion of leaving Upton Park,” Brady told the Daily Mail. “I know generations of families have been loyally part of the history of our club and that these final matches are about memories.
“But I don’t look back. I only look to the future. We are at the start of something here.
“I see West Ham challenging for the top six consistently, becoming one of the top 10 most successful clubs in Europe — and short term (I see) breaking our transfer record this summer, selling nobody we want to keep, filling our new stadium.”
Carroll is comfortably the Hammers’ record signing, although the club have also spent £10million-plus fees on the likes of Payet, Enner Valencia and Angel Ogbonna.
In other West Ham news, co-chairman David Gold has spoken boldly of where the club can finish next season if they strengthen their squad this summer.