By Noel Whelan

28th Jun, 2022 | 9:48pm

West Ham could now flirt with relegation amid 'big' transfer claim - pundit

West Ham could be facing a relegation battle if all of their new signings do not integrate immediately into the squad.

That is the view of ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as West Ham look set for a busy summer.

The Hammers have already added Nayef Aguerd to the squad that finished the 2021-22 season while Alphonse Areola has returned on a permanent deal.

The Evening Standard reported last week (20 June) that David Moyes now wants to add five more signings before the end of the window.

“You’re always looking to progress,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Look, no season is ever the same. It’s always a very difficult season in the Premier League.

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“You might finish near the bottom, you might end up mid-table. It all depends if you can hit the ground running and how quickly you can get these players to settle into a new club and into a new system.

“We’ve seen already that David Moyes manages to do that with every player he brings into the football club. He’s very intelligent with how he goes about it with what characters he’s going to bring in and how they are going to connect with the dressing room.

“Six signings are a lot to integrate into a squad but at the same time, if you are looking to stay in that grasp of Champions League football and European football, you do have to spend big as well.

“When you are successful in a lot of competitions you do look at your squad and depth and go, ‘Ah, we’ve got injuries and a lot of games with a lot of travelling’.

“You’ve got to get the players to play European football and have an impact in the Premier League because you want to be pushing.”

In other news, West Ham could now sign James Ward-Prowse amid a £25million claim.