West Ham should be aiming for a top 10 finish in the Premier League this season, after a promising first half to the campaign.

The Hammers captain missed the New Year’s Day 2-1 victory over Norwich through suspension, but watched his team move on to 26 points, and he is keen for the club to push on from the win and rule out being dragged into a relegation battle.

“In the Premier League, unless you are in the top 10 with two games to go, you have to keep looking at the teams behind you, it is just the way it is,” the 30-year-old told London 24.

“If you include Everton now with the top four, all the rest of the teams could be dragged into trouble. We reached 23 points at halfway and 26 after Norwich and I think it has been a decent start – we would have taken that.

“That is how we have to look at it, but we have to get another 23 points from the second half of the season which will be tough, but we are capable of it.”

With the January transfer window now open, West Ham are reportedly looking to strengthen the squad and are set to sign Waterford’s Ireland under-19 striker Sean Maguire after a successful trial at the club.

And Nolan is hopeful the club can bring in the right people to help the Hammers move up the table.

“The chairmen did some fantastic business in the last window and supported Sam fantastically.”

“Hopefully they will do that again. There is nothing that gives you more of a boost than seeing new faces on the training ground, but if not, we have got the resources to work with here and we are looking to make that top 10.”

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