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Kretinsky meeting raises window finance hopes

By Dave Langton

David Sullivan and David Gold are set to sit down with Daniel Kretinsky to find out whether the Czech billionaire can pump into the club’s transfer kitty this summer.

The Hammers are going into the summer well aware that they will need to strengthen, especially if they manage to leapfrog Manchester United and finish sixth, potentially qualifying for the Europa League in the process.

Moyes can expect around £100m as things stand  and will be backed when it comes to securing his top targets.

However,  there are hopes within the club that Kretinsky will be willing to pump around £50m or even more in this summer via low interest loans.

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That, though, could depend on his business interests not being harmed from his Russian involvements following the country’s invasion of the Ukraine.

There is a desire to bring in players who can improve the starting XI as well as the squad, although the Hammers are also keeping a close eye on the loan market in case the figure is lower than hoped.

The Irons spent £67.5m last summer, per Transfermarkt, and that figure is almost certain to be exceeded this summer.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.