West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan claims that the signing of striker Andy Carroll could push the East London club into European competition this season, according to goal.com.
"We're looking for double figures - me, Andy, all the strikers have to chip in with a fair amount if we want to finish top ten again," Nolan said.
"The expectancy within the camp is to do better than last season. We want to make sure we're tenth or above this year," he added, in comments that hint at a possible Europa League charge from the club who were only promoted to the Premier League themselves just over a year ago.
West Ham finished in a solid tenth place last season, with Nolan himself scoring ten goals to top the club's scoring charts. Carroll, then on loan from Liverpool, scored seven goals in 24 appearances in an injury-hampered season.
Carroll has since signed for £15.5 million on a permanent deal.
The Hammers have been relatively busy in the transfer market so far this summer, with manager Sam Allardyce bringing experienced Romanian left-back Razvan Rat to Upton Park from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer, as well as Carroll, goalkeeper Adrian from Real Betis and young striker Daniel Whitehead from Conference North side Stockport County.
However, another striking option has opened up in the form of Carlton Cole departing the club, leaving Allardyce pondering a move for Spartak Moscow's Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike in a potential £8 million deal.
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