West Ham have created a dangerous starting XI going into the new season

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There's no doubt that West Ham have done some great business this summer.

The east London club are coming off the back of a disappointing in the Premier League.

After a disappointing start under Slaven Bilic, David Moyes took charge, but the Scotsman could only lead the Hammers to a 13th place finish.

Moyes has since been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, and he has not messed around in the transfer market.

Pellegrini spent just over £90 million on nine new signings in a bid to restore West Ham's place in the top half.

They've made a number of eye-catching additions, including Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

While their attack has strengthened significantly, they have also made a few shrewd signings in defence.

Issa Diop, a highly-rated 21-year-old from France, has arrived from Toulouse in a £22 million move.

Lukas Fabianski improves their options in goal, while West Ham were also able to snap up Ryan Frederiks from Fulham on a free transfer.

But where can they finish next season?

The Hammers will be targeting a top half finish, but on paper, they possess a team that could well challenge for Europe next season.


GK: Fabianski

Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly

DF: Frederiks, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku

Aston Villa v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly

MF: Obiang, Noble, Wilshere

Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly

FW: Anderson, Arnautovic, Yarmolenko


That is some attack.

Big things will be expected from Anderson, who arrived from Lazio for £38 million, while Yarmolenko has attracted attention from a host of big English clubs before.

Wilshere is a great signing in midfield, while Arnautovic has shown his quality in the Premier League in the past few seasons.

They also have good options off the bench: With Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll serving as back-ups.

Manuel Lanzini could also improve the team massively if he is to return to full fitness this season.

Huddersfield Town v West Ham United - Premier League

Hernandez believes that the team is capable of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

“Manuel Pellegrini is a great manager," the Mexico international told the club's official website, per

"He went to Spain, then he came here to the Premier League and he did really well. I’m not saying anything new there, he’s a great manager and we’re very happy that he chose to come here.

“The manager wants to play a more controlled, offensive style of play so it’s perfect for a striker.

"Chances are going to come and we are improving to defend better too, to press and recover the ball in a high zone.

“That will make it more difficult for our opponents to get to our goal, so it has been very good so far.

Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly

"The club is doing well with improvements in all the areas, in the team, but also in all the staff they have brought in with the manager.

“Top six, top four is the aim, as high as we can. I’m a dreamer. I work hard and my thoughts are always positive.

"I am always aiming as high as I can and if we can put West Ham in the Champions League why not?

"That’s the dream, that’s the idea and hopefully we can get it.”

Where will West Ham finish this season? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

Issa Diop
Felipe Anderson
Andriy Yarmolenko
Slaven Bilic
Pedro Obiang
Marko Arnautovic
Manuel Lanzini
Andy Carroll
David Moyes
Winston Reid
Jack Wilshere
West Ham United

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