By Tam McManus

3rd Nov, 2022 | 5:00pm

West Ham 'certain' to 'spend big' in January after what pundit has seen

West Ham have every chance of finishing in the European places this season with the club set to “spend big” in January.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hammers’ ailing Premier League season.

West Ham sailed through to the Europa Conference League knockout rounds but their league form has suffered as a result.

The side that finished seventh last season now lies 13th, having only won four of their 13 league games so far this term.

However, McManus is certain the club will invest in January to turn its fortunes around.

“West Ham can be back up there in no time,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

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“There is no doubt in my mind that they will be there or thereabouts when it comes to the end of the season. This team has been in Europe for the last few years.

“They got stronger over the summer but maybe something hasn’t clicked for them yet. I’m sure they will go again in January, I’m sure they will spend big if they aren’t far away from that sixth or seventh spot.

“The money is there and maybe they need to look at that defence. The goals will come, there is enough talent there but they have been leaky.

“It is what it is, West Ham are still a quality side. They caused Man United a lot of bother and were unlucky not to win. The owners will know they aren’t far away.”

West Ham are next in league action against Crystal Palace on Sunday (6 November).

Their final game before the World Cup comes against Leicester City on 12 November.

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has claimed Gianluca Scamacca should be getting an extended ban after West Ham controversy missed by BBC cameras.