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Moyes sets Hammers target for the season

David Moyes wants the Hammers to compete at the top end of the Premier League table this season!

The Irons enjoyed a superb season last term and, as a result, will be fighting on multiple fronts, including the Europa League, with the club entering the competition at the group stages.

Moyes accepts that the injury sustained by Declan Rice at the back-end of the campaign ultimately derailed the Hammers’ bid to qualify for the Champions League.

In the end, Moyes’ men were only two points off Chelsea, who went on to actually win the Champions League, beating Manchester City in a tense final.

The Scot is of the belief that the Irons have to set their sights high again this year and he maintains that they will do everything they can to battle with the top sides this term.

Speaking to talkSPORT ahead of this weekend’s opening Premier League clash with Newcastle, he said: “We were two points outside Champions League last year.

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“I look back and think there were games we could have got something, maybe in the run-in.

“We got an injury to Declan Rice after the March international break which really was a problem to us in the last six/seven games of the season.

“I think we have to try and compete with the top teams.

“I wouldn’t have said that this time last year – I know very few of your pundits would agree but I’ve got to try and challenge and push our people on and I’ve got to try and make it happen again.”

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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.