West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has been impressed by Sam Allardyce's dealings so far in the transfer window, but expects further additions to be made this summer.
Allardyce has moved quickly to address concerning area in his squad from last season, signing a proven goalscorer in Mauro Zarate, as well as Senegalese defender Cheikhou Kouyate.
If the Hammers are to improve on last season's poor finish and challenge for a top-ten spot - a must for Allardyce - then fresh faces are a necessity, and Nolan is convinced that both the manager and the board are ‘working hard’ behind the scenes to ensure that there are more exciting arrivals at Upton Park.
Speaking to the club's official website, the Hammers' skipper said: “The gaffer and the board are working hard to bring in additions to strengthen our squad and I would like to welcome both Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate to our club.
“I know there is and will be continuing work to bring in more to add to what we have here in the squad already and enable us to start as strongly as possible."
The Hammers start their campaign with a London derby against Tottenham Hotspur - who they beat three times last season - and Nolan is confident that West Ham will be able to get the campaign off to a good start.
He went on to say: “The fixtures are out for the new season and they don’t come much bigger for us than a London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
“These matches against Spurs are ones I know many of our fans look out for first and so to get them on the first day and at home will have everyone excited I am sure, I know all the lads are looking forward to this game.
“We did very well against them last season with three deserved victories and we will of course want that to continue, but we also know that they will be tough opposition with their players wanting to impress their new manager and everything, so we will need to be on our toes from the very start.”
After opening the campaign at home to Spurs, the Hammers then travel to Crystal Palace before welcoming Southampton to the Boleyn Ground.
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