West Ham to announce two big-name deals in coming days - club insider

By Alex Stevens

West Ham are set to announce that two big-name players have committed to new contracts, according to a report.

The Hammers have made clear their ambitions to spend big on attacking talent in the forthcoming transfer window.

But the east London club are also keen to reward the key men who helped Slaven Bilic’s squad finish seventh in the Premier League in 2015-16 and qualify for the Europa League.

Now a columnist called the Insider has claimed on the official West Ham website that the club have two new deals lined up.

“I can exclusively reveal that the Club are to announce that two of the biggest names in the first-team squad are set to sign new contracts,” the Insider wrote.

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“Slaven Bilic is keen for his best players to pledge their long-term futures to the club and will be delighted that they have managed to secure the signatures of two big name players.”

Dimitri Payet, Adrian and Cheikhou Kouyate have recently penned lucrative new contracts as West Ham continue their policy of tying down the key members of the squad.

West Ham are currently in Seattle preparing for their first pre-season friendly against Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night.

New signings Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordtveit are part of the squad that have travelled to America and Bilic will be using the time to integrate them into his squad.

West Ham have made it clear they are ready to smash their club record transfer fee this summer of £15.5million, which was spent to entice Andy Carroll from Liverpool in the summer of 2013.

Carroll is comfortably the Hammers’ record signing, although the club have also spent £10million-plus fees on the likes of Payet, Enner Valencia and Angel Ogbonna.

In other West Ham news, club chairman David Gold has made a revelation about Payet.