By Alex Taylor

West Ham starlet Martin Sameulson believes that the Hammers can finish in the top six next season.

Slaven Bilic guided the east London outfit to a seventh placed finish this season, and after Manchester United won the FA Cup, they secured Europa League football at the Olympic Stadium next season, too.

The 19-year-old, who can operate as both a winger, and as an attacking midfielder believes that European football is an achievable goal as West Ham finished just four points shy of Manchester City in fourth spot this season.

“Looking at how the club did last year, I think we can do even better this year,” Samuelsen told West Ham’s official website.

“With some new players coming in, I think we have a strong squad and we should definitely be at least in the top six.”

West Ham fans will be impressed by the ambition of Samuelson, 19, who is regarded as one of the club’s outstanding young talents following his exploits over the last 12 months for both the age-group sides and while on loan at Peterborough in the recently completed domestic season.

Bilic has already made several additions to his side this summer including Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit, Toni Martinez and Domingos Quina.

In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic has been dealt a bitter blow in the race for CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa after his agent declared that he won’t be moving to East London.