Former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp predicts the Hammers will finish ‘7th or 8th’ in the Premier League next term after a busy summer in the transfer market.
Redknapp’s former club have signed seven new players, including paying a club record fee for Brazilian Felipe Anderson, and have also appointed a new manager in the form of ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Under the Argentine and with a fresh-faced squad, the Hammers have enjoyed a. mostly positive pre-season, with just one defeat and one draw from five matches.
And Redknapp, who played for West Ham until the age of 25 and managed the club for seven years between 1994-2001, predicts his former side will have a highly successful year.
“I’m excited,” Redknapp told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I think West Ham could finish seventh or eighth this year. I certainly don’t see them in them in the bottom half of the division.”
Amongst West Ham’s seven summer signings is Jack Wilshere, who joined the Hammers on a free transfer from London rivals Arsenal.
Despite the Englishman’s struggles with injuries over the years however, Redknapp believes the capture of Wilshere is a significant one for the club, and his quality in the middle of the park will be great boost for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“I think Jack Wilshere was a good signing; if Jack’s fit he’s a fantastic player,” Redknapp continued.
“And he’s still young enough to push on again. So I do think he’ll be a great signing for West Ham.”