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Five summer signings that could boost Irons


daniel-sturridge-danny-liverpool-manchester-united-premier-league_3001952By guest writer Charlie Fellowes

Slaven Bilic endured a turbulent past Premier League campaign with West Ham United, despite having enjoyed much success the season prior.

Keen conversations are taking place on who the Hammers need this summer so may I add my two pennorth!

The London club’s move to the Olympic Stadium from their old stomping ground of Upton Park proved to be a decisive factor in such a poor term.

There are a host of names linked with the capital club and they will be seeking a big boost in personnel if they are to enjoy a more promising 2017/18 campaign in the top tier. So, read on for my five potential summer signings that could boost Bilic at West Ham next term.

Jack Wilshere

The Gunners midfielder has become out of favour at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger and was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season. Various bookmakers have Wilshere at odds of 8/1 to joining the Hammers this transfer window, which punters may look to maximise by taking advantage of bonuses on the Bookies Offers, such as a £200 welcome offer.

Wilshere was previously seen as one of the most promising talents in English football, but many injury setbacks have derailed his career. A move to West Ham could present a great opportunity to rebuild and boost his chances of making it to the 2018 World Cup with England.

Max Kruse

After last season, it’s clear that the Hammers are in need of a boost in firepower up front. Germany international frontman Kruse fits the bill perfectly and could become a fan favourite at the Olympic Stadium.

The Londoners are believed to be readying a bid for the Werder Bremen forward, who struck 15 times in the Bundesliga last term. His strength and attacking prowess could see him relish playing in the Premier League.

Jurgen Damm

Pace is also required for Bilic in order to rebuild for next season and Mexican winger Damm would provide plenty of that if captured. The Tigres wide man would solve the fundamental problem of having a lack of speed within the set-up for sure.

He has showcased his wing talents in recent seasons and a move to England’s top-flight could bolster West Ham massively.

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool looked like being Sturridge’s long-term club after moving around so much in his career to date. But things have hit a stumbling block and Jurgen Klopp looks set to offload the injury-prone striker this summer.

Bilic would be wise to make a swoop for the England international poacher, who still is extremely clinical when fully fit. His goals and attacking instincts would provide the Hammers with a great boost for next term.

Chris Smalling

West Ham recently snapped up Manchester City stalwart Pablo Zabaleta for free this summer. But they require a further boost at the back and Man United defender Chris Smalling could be a reasonable signing.

The United defender has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and although ClaretandHugh has firmly ruled that deal out you never say never.

The views expressed here are not necessarily shared by ClaretandHugh

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • markro says:

    Sturridge: no! Thinks far to much of himself and spends most of the season with the physio.

    Wilshere: maybe – would need to be cheap because of his injury record.

    Kruse: I’d take him, but I can’t see him coming to us.

    Damm: lightning fast with little or no end product – Onyekuru is far better

    Smalling: decent player, but do we really need another CB? What must the two Reeces think!?!

  • Poplar Hammer says:

    Looks like a bunch of “sick notes” to me – no thanks! Stick to the day job Charlie!

    • vegasrockstar says:

      My thoughts exactly … Wilshere and Sturridge would certainly be company for AC watching from the stands!

  • vor says:

    To, Two and Too. These three are occasionally muddled on here. Luckily it is easy to sort out when to use them.

    Two is the number, if you can’t remember just use 2 instead!

    When I looked in the tin, there were only two biscuits left.
    We were stopped by two angry-looking policemen.

    Too is used with adverbs and adjectives in sentences like these:

    English grammar is far too complicated for me.
    The West Ham match was none too exciting until the final few minutes.

    To is the most common of these three words. It has several different uses.

    It is used with verbs in their infinitive form.

    Paul and Steve both had ambitions to become professional football players.
    When I win the lottery, I would like to spend a year travelling the world.

    Hope that helps 🙂

  • Stan The Man says:

    Very good vor.Do you now go back and get a back slap from your buddies on whtid for being a wise guy.What a lot of hot air but nothing i wouldnt expect from one of you from there who look down your nose at other west ham sites.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    TWO words VOR,4&3 letters,it shouldnt be TOO hard for an intellectual god like you TO work out 😁

  • Michael Miller says:

    Any signing would give us a boost – the mid-summer non-transfer depression has set in – typical West Ham, all talk and no action!

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    I think you will find the media has done most the talking Michael.But all talk no action has it benefits,i mean it stops you paying 17 mill for Harry Maguire for a start like Leicester have.They must be crazy,good player but 17 mill,have a word 😁

  • mooro66uk says:

    Exactly what talk was that then Michael?

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    The voices in Michaels head Mooro 😂

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