West Ham certainly endured a slow start to the summer transfer window, a massive difference to the scenes at the London Stadium 12 months ago, but Slaven Bilic’s side are finally pushing towards key bits of business in the transfer window.
The opening period of the window for West Ham was very much a consolidation for what the Hammers already had, as Bilic and Michail Antonio both signed new deals, whilst Pablo Zabaleta was captured on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Plenty of speculation has floated around concerning other potential targets but West Ham kept their head down and avoided the scattergun approach they adopted last summer, which played a huge part in their failures last season.
The capture of Joe Hart on-loan from Manchester City can be seen as a major turning point in the summer and West Ham’s project in general, as it’s the first big name they’ve captured since moving to the London Stadium- and the England international’s experience of the Premier League will be key.
Signing Javier Hernandez would bring a similar boost, as the Mexican striker has experience of English football following his spell with Manchester United, and a major capture is being plotted as the Hammers seek to snatch Marko Arnautovic from Premier League rivals Stoke City.
Arnautovic, who can play as a striker or out-wide, could be the key in West Ham’s new set-up; potentially playing on the left, filling the void left by Dimitri Payet’s exit in January, with Manuel Lanzini central, Michail Antonio on the right and Hernandez leading the line.
That set-up could solve their attacking issues and the captures of both Zabaleta and Hart will shore-up their defensive ranks, with Argentine ace Zabaleta playing on the right of defence and Hart obviously coming in between the sticks.
The remainder of the back-line could incorporate Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Creswell, although the Hammers have other options in the form of Jose Fonte, James Collins, Arthur Masuaku and Sam Byram.
Fresh faces could still arrive to bolster West Ham across the field but, as it stands, the Hammers are on course to enjoy a successful summer that can significantly upgrade the core of their squad ahead of the new Premier League season- which is now just weeks away.