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2nd Mar, 2017 | 7:09am

Sky: West Ham to back Bilic to hilt in transfer market, two summer priorities identified

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are set to offer manager Slaven Bilic a new contract and are prepared to give him their full backing in the summer transfer window, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim that the Hammers are close to agreeing a new deal for the boss at the end of the season.

It is understood that a recent run of good results has meant he will be rewarded with a new deal.

The report details that West Ham will give Bilic funds to spend in the summer and he has already prioritised two areas, a new striker and a right-back.

The Londoners have managed to recover from a disappointing first half of the season and are now up to ninth in the Premier League table.

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They managed to move on from selling misfit Dimitri Payet to Marseille and recruited proven top flight players Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte in January.

Bilic will be given the opportunity to improve his squad in the next window as the club look to build on their impressive London Stadium.

The Croatian boss wants to bring in a new striker to bolster his current attacking options, which have been a disappointment for the most-part this season.

Injury-prone Andy Carroll remains the best forward option for the Hammers, while versatile player Michail Antonio has also slotted in nicely when needed.

Bilic still wants to add some extra options in the summer despite having Jonathan Calleri, Ashley Fletcher, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho as alternative options already.

They will also be on the search for a new right-back, something that has been a bit of a problem position this season.

Sam Byram has been unable to impress enough to cement the full-back position and make-shift right-back Cheikhou Kouyate has filled in, instead.

In other West Ham transfer news, they are set to battle over a defensive wonderkid.

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