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27th Jul, 2016 | 3:29pm

Redknapp: West Ham can reach top four with leader Payet

By Dominic Toner

Harry Redknapp believes that West Ham can reach the top four of the Premier League in the future.

The former West Ham manager is certain that the Londoners can be an elite club in the league and their move to the Olympic Stadium will help their cause.

“There is no reason they can’t be a top four, top five team in years to come,” Redknapp told West Ham TV.

“I think West Ham have got good players, Payet is obviously the leader of the pack now he is a fantastic talent, but they’ve got lots of other good players as well.”

Redknapp managed the club between 1994-2001 and helped them finish a record-high fifth in one campaign, managing star names such as Paolo Di Canio and current manager Slaven Bilic in his tenure.

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Bilic enjoyed a fine first managerial season last year at West Ham and secured a seventh-placed league finish, meaning they will enter the third round of Europa League qualifiers.

West Ham prodigy Reece Oxford is aiming to secure a regular first-team position and told West Ham’s website that the competition will help him play in the Premier League.

Midfielder Dimitri Payet was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.

He joined West Ham from Marseille last summer for around £12.5 million and was integral to the Hammers sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.

The 29-year-old starred for France at Euro 2016 with brilliant late goals in both of his national side’s opening victories and finished as a runner up in the tournament, after an extra-time 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.

There had been speculation that Payet could be leaving the club after his impressive form, however he told The Sun that he will 100% being staying at West Ham for the new season.

In other West Ham team news, they have suffered an injury blow as their star player has returned from international duty.