By Emma Sanders

Danny Higginbotham claims West Ham should aim to win the FA Cup and he believes they are capable of achieving success in the competition despite a tough third round clash.

The Sky Sports pundit admitted the club have had a slow start to the 2016-17 Premier League season but ahead of the third round ties, he has tipped them to win the trophy.

West Ham will take on Manchester City on Friday evening in their first game of the competition and despite a tough clash, Higginbotham believes the Hammers should target success in the FA Cup.

“I don’t think they [West Ham] will be in a relegation race, they have not had the best start to the season though. A good FA Cup run could be really good for them and they have the squad capable of doing it,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports Now.

The Hammers have struggled to maintain consistency this season but they showed improvement in December and are now just two points off the top 10 in the Premier League table.

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They currently sit in 13th place following back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Leicester but they will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Pep Guardiola’s side in the FA Cup at the London Olympic Stadium.

West Ham last competed in the final of the competition in 2006 when they were defeated by Liverpool following a stunning Steven Gerrard performance and they have not lifted the trophy for 36 years.

If they achieve the feat, it will be the club’s fourth FA Cup trophy.

In other West Ham news, Celtic are demanding £30million for Moussa Dembele.