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14th Mar, 2017 | 10:46am

David Gold: West Ham aiming to finish here in the Premier League this season

By Will Butcher

David Gold has told West Ham fans that the club is working hard to finishing eighth in the Premier League come May.

The Hammers currently sit in a disappointing 11th place in the table after losing 3-2 to Bournemouth on Saturday, following Josh King’s 90th-minute strike.

Co-owner Gold replied to a fan on his personal Twitter account, stating that eighth is the target for the rest of the season, declaring it would be an acceptable finish “considering all the issues”.

The Hammers have struggled to live up to the successes of the 2015-16 campaign, as injuries and a number of flop signings stunt the east London side’s growth.

The likes of Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Angelo Ogbonna have all suffered long-term injuries this season, with a number of other players spending time in the treatment room.

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Losing just eight games in England’s top tier last time round, Gold has watched from the stands as Slaven Bilic’s side have already lost five more games with 10 league encounters still to play.

The loss of last season’s player of the year Dimitri Payet has also impacted the Hammers in the final third, while the move to the London Stadium has affected their home form.

The Hammers have a difficult run in with games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, but next face Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday at home.

In other West Ham news, Daniel Gabbidon believes Bilic must improve these two areas of the side in the near future.

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