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4th Mar, 2017 | 7:07am

West Ham plan two-year extension offer for key man - report

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are prepared to offer manager Slaven Bilic a new contract in the summer, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers are lining up a two-year extension for the 48-year-old, meaning he would be set to stay until 2020.

It is understood that initial talks were planned for January, but were pushed back as neither the board or Bilic were in any rush.

The report details that West Ham are set to back the manager in the upcoming transfer market and are hopeful of qualifying for European football next season.

It is believed that a new proven striker is a priority in the summer and the Londoners are keen to bridge the gap to other clubs chasing the European spots.

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West Ham have managed to recover from a poor start to the season and have now climbed into the top half of the table.

The Hammers will be keen to finish inside the top 10 this season and kick on next season.

They completed their move to the London Stadium in the summer and have not enjoyed a great start on their new patch, winning just five of their 13 home games in the Premier League.

West Ham managed to qualify for Europe with a seventh-placed finish last season and their home form was vital to their success.

Bilic will be keen next season to take advantage of their impressive ground and make it a fortress.

In other West Ham news, Mark Noble has made a secured admission about Chelsea.

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