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2nd May, 2017 | 1:46pm

David Gold: This is how many quality players West Ham must sign in summer

By Will Butcher

David Gold has claimed West Ham need three or four top-class players to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window.

The Hammers have been blighted by injuries and the loss of last season’s star player Dimitri Payet during the 2016-17 season, as they sit way below pre-season expectations in 15th place.

Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, co-owner Gold claimed the Hammers must sign “three or four quality players” as they look to replicate the success of the 2015-16 season.

The Hammers finished in seventh place in Slaven Bilic’s first season, which saw the likes of Payet shine as they qualified for the Europa League this season.

However, long-term injuries have been sustained by the likes of Andy Carroll, Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, which have proved costly this term.

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A number of flop signings have also failed to provide the east London outfit with adequate cover, including the likes of Simone Zaza, Havard Nordtveit and Gokhan Tore.

Gold believes three or four players that would improve the first team are needed ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, as the Hammers look to put this season behind them.

Bilic’s side are next in action at the London Stadium on Friday night, as they welcome title-chasing Tottenham to Stratford in a bid to prevent the reverse fixture that saw Spurs win 3-2.

In other West Ham transfer news, Hammers in battle to sign this goalscoring midfielder who used to play for Manchester City as a trainee.

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