Manuel Pellegrini is ready for transfer market action with Marko Arnautovic clearly representing a key figure within his plans for the Hammers next season.
His words following yesterday’s game that he believes Marko can come back to his best next season suggests he was responsible for backing the decision to give him another year’s contract at the club.
And if the Austrian is to remain the main option up front, with Maxi Gomez still a target for the Irons, the striker issues seem to have been sorted with perhaps the addition of one more back up front man.
Sources inside the club have told ClaretandHugh that both Chicharito and Lucas Perez will be allowed to leave if the right offers are received whilst Pedro Obiang is keen to return to Europe.
Another midfielder will be required for Obiang although with Yarmolenko available again and Lanzini, Noble, Snodgrass, Wilshere Rice, Diangana and Sanchez available, this may not be a priority area.
A left back is required and it has already become clear from our contacts that Pellegrini is focused on bringing in another central defender.
Commenting after the game against Southampton the boss said: “We are starting to prepare for next season, of course. We have to make some changes and we have to see which ones we can do because we need to improve.
“This is an issue we are going to talk with the owners and Mario Husillos about when we finish the last game against Watford.”