David Sullivan outlines West Ham transfer plans, specifies quantity of signings
By Will Butcher
David Sullivan has promised fans that he will attempt to bring in two additions to the West Ham side in the summer.
Co-owner Sullivan, 68, watched from the stands at the London Stadium on Monday night as the Hammers bravely lost 2-1 to London rivals Chelsea.
Speaking on West Ham’s official website, Sullivan claimed his side are only two additions away from being a “very, very good side” and is desperate to put that right in the summer.
“I believe we are only a couple of players short of having a very, very good side,” Sullivan claimed.
“I can promise that we will be working extremely hard again in the summer to achieve that objective.”
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The Hammers lost to Chelsea despite being on home turf after goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard put Antonio Conte’s side in control, before Manuel Lanzini scored a consolation.
Sullivan has sanctioned 13 transfers throughout the 2016-17 campaign, splashing out on the likes of Andre Ayew, Robert Snodgrass and a permanent deal for Manuel Lanzini.
But multiple injuries this season has made a number of weak links apparent.
Michail Antonio, Cheikhou Kouyate and Havard Nordtveit have had to fill in at right-back as Sam Byram and Alvaro Arbeloa struggled to overcome injury, while goals have also been a problem without Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.
Football Insider verdict:
The Hammers need more than just a couple of new players if they are to reach the heights of the 2015-16 season that saw them finish in a lofty seventh place and qualify for European football. Right-back is an obvious problem area, with Arbeloa’s contract set to run out at the end of the season. Similarly, goalkeeper Adrian is set to see his deal end in June, making a new stopper also a priority in east London. Despite the signing of Robert Snodgrass, the Hammers are yet to properly replace Dimitri Payet and that should be identified as a problem to solve in the summer, while a new striker is needed following the disappointing campaigns of both Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.
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