West Ham endured a slow start to the summer but have really started to pick things up in recent weeks, with Slaven Bilic’s side venturing into the market to secure top-class additions that significantly bolster their squad in East London.
Pablo Zabaleta arrived on a free-transfer from Manchester City early on in the transfer window but it took a while for the Hammers to add to the Argentine’s addition but they eventually returned to do business with the Citizens, landing England international Joe Hart on-loan for the forthcoming campaign.
Further significant deals are just around the corner as Bilic’s side are set to secure the capture of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen this week and a club-record deal for Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic is also in the works, filling the void left in January by Dimitri Payet.
Following a disastrous debut season at the London Stadium, where the Hammers flirted with relegation, Bilic has shown a desire to bounce-back and improve the side’s fortunes dramatically next season- and the business he’s done has certainly impressed his rivals.
Quoted by The London Evening Standard, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has sensationally claimed West Ham could be eyeing Premier League success this season and believes the Hammers have secured some very good additions.
“We need a bit more when you see the other teams in the Premier League, like Man City, Liverpool and West Ham, the way they get players, good players, important players.”
“The champions have bought three fantastic experienced players. I am thinking about West Ham for the first match of the Premier League. They have got Joe Hart, Chicharito and Arnautovic. It looks like they are playing to win the Premier League too.”
“The teams are fantastic in the market. I am waiting for a bit more.”
West Ham’s new season commences with a clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday 13th August and Jose Mourinho is clearly concerned about the threat that the Hammers could boast on the opening day.
Javier Hernandez in particular may be looking to make an impression upon his return to his former side to show the Red Devils what they’re missing, whilst both Zabaleta and Hart will be up for it too following their spells with Manchester City.
The warm welcome many West Ham players could get may drive the Hammers on to secure success in their clash with the Red Devils and they could snatch headlines at the start of the season.