By Will Butcher

Daniel Gabbidon believes West Ham’s poor recruitment in the summer has been a huge downfall in their failure to replicate 2015-16’s successes.

The Hammers sit way down in 12th place after losing 3-2 to Premier League champions Leicester on Saturday, despite qualifying for Europe last season in seventh place.

Former Hammers defender Gabbidon believes his old side have struggled to repeat last season’s superb Premier League finish because of a number of flop signings in the summer.

With the summer window approaching, fans will be hoping for a huge improvement in recruitment as Gabbidon claimed it had been a “big issue” on his personal Twitter account.

A number of summer signings have struggled to impress in east London, after manager Slaven Bilic decided to target the foreign market for new talent.

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The likes of Havard Nordtveit, Arthur Masuaku and Jonathan Calleri have all disappointed in claret and blue this season, while Gokhan Tore and Simone Zaza have already left.

Fans remain disgruntled as their side’s form continues to deteriorate, with the loss to Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester their third straight defeat after losing to Chelsea and Bournemouth.

Former Croatia manager Bilic will be hoping to turn his side’s form around next time out, as they go up against relegation candidates Hull after the international break on April 1.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are reportedly eyeing a summer swoop for this Serie A hotshot who has a £24million release clause.

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