By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2022 | 1:10pm

Pundit expects January signings at West Ham after what he's seen - 'I'm sure'

Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham will be “working hard” to secure January additions as they look to compete in Europe as well as the Premier League.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he is “sure” that the Irons will have “targets in mind” despite spending big in the summer window.

West Ham secured their qualification from the Europa Conference League as group winners after emerging victorious in all six games.

However, the Irons’ league form has experienced a downturn from last season – with David Moyes’ side sitting 13th in the Premier League after winning four of their opening 13 games.

West Ham played 56 games across all competitions last season and look on pace to eclipse that in the 2022-23 campaign – a workload which is bound to take its toll on the squad.

The Londoners spent a reported £158.5million on transfers during the summer window – drafting in stars like Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.

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Whelan backed the Hammers to go again in January despite the winter being a tricky time to bring in new faces.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s a window which is becoming increasingly difficult to bring in players who are your first choice.

“You know what you’re getting when you are a successful side like West Ham. European football brings a lot of minutes, and a lot of travelling – and you have to adapt.

“I think David Moyes would love to bring in some new faces to help them do that, what manager wouldn’t?

“Moyes and the staff will be working hard to make sure it’s happening, I’m sure they’ve got targets in mind.

“It would help them, I think. It always seems to freshen things up when you bring in new players mid-season.”

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