David Moyes will have drawn up a “next level” transfer shortlist in the event that West Ham qualify for the Champions League this season.
That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after West Ham moved into the top four with a 3-2 victory over Wolves on Monday.
Fans will hope Moyes will be allowed to use that money to repeat the stellar work he has done in the transfer market so far.
The likes of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Jesse Lingard are among his success stories at the London Stadium.
Whelan hailed Moyes for his recruitment record and tipped West Ham to target elite players if they can indeed qualify for Europe.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “If they get into Europe it will open up a whole next level of players they can attract. They’ll have those targets lined up already.
“It’s very important that he goes back into the transfer market, whether they get into Europe or not.
“He has impressed with the players he’s bought. He’s really changed that attitude of that team with who he’s brought in. It’s all about progression.
“They’ve just had a really good season that no one expected them to have. You’ve got to better your last season to show that progression.
“If they’re in Europe then there’s no doubt that they’ve got to go and get players because you want to have a successful campaign and you need to make the most out of that extra money coming in.”
There is currently a one-point gap between West Ham in 4th and Chelsea in 5th.
A 4th-place finish would represent the Hammers’ best league position since the 1985-86 campaign.