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Pundit drops £100m Hammers claim

Ex-Hammer Rob Lee believes the club need to spend £100m this summer to stay competitive.

The Irons are trying to qualify for the Champions League and sit fourth in the Premier League table ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leicester.

Qualification for Europe would surely leave the club looking to strengthen in a number of areas.

Michail Antonio is the Irons’ only striker, for example, while Declan Rice’s injury has left the Hammers desperately short in central midfield.

And Lee, who played for the club in the 2003/04 season, believes the club will need to splash the cash if they are to maintain their challenge at the top-end of the league next season.

Speaking to the Transfer Tavern, he said: “Well, I think if you look at the team they’ve got a good side, but as I said before if you get a few injuries then it’s different.

“You’re looking at spending £100 million because the average player costs £20-30 million and they’ll be average, so they might not get into the team.

“Hopefully Gold and Sullivan are now in a place where they trust David Moyes’ judgement on players to sign.”

Last summer, per Transfermarkt, the Hammers spent £24.9m on the signings of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal and the initial loan arrivals of Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson.

One feels they will probably have to go above that 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.