Five Euro2016 gems that West Ham must prioritise this summer

Slaven Bilic’s wonderful stint with ITV has come to an end and that could just mean he’s off to wrap up some West Ham transfer business rather than argue on mainstream TV with Ian Wright.

Surely that’s what the Hammers’ fans are hoping, anyway.

Keeping hold of Dimitri Payet will certainly be the first port of call for Bilic this summer, as the Frenchman continues to impress on a regular basis for both France and West Ham.

Payet is the star that could carry West Ham to the next level, to being regular top six competitors, just like they were last season, but even he cannot do that all alone, he will need some support.

The squad already has plenty of talent, particularly the promising Manuel Lanzini, but it is not currently in a position to challenge the depth of the other sides who will be hoping for a Champions League finish.

Could these FIVE Euro stars be on their way to the Olympic Stadium?

Balazs Dzsudzsak

Hungary were not a fancied side by many ahead of this European Championships but they have been a pleasant surprise and much of that is down to Balazs Dzsudzsak.

The winger is currently playing for Bursaspor and, despite impressing for PSV between 2008 and 2011, he is yet to really step up to the standard of the top leagues in Europe.

His ability to play on either flank would make him a useful player for Bilic and would allow Payet to feature centrally.

Breel Embolo

Not a regular for Switzerland, Embolo has shown his class in his brief appearances at the tournament with intelligent running, strong back to goal play and an impressive work rate.

Although competition for Embolo’s signature would be high, West Ham would be able to offer regular starting minutes for the Basel forward whereas other competitors would struggle to.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Iceland’s progression at the Euros is one of the best stories in modern football. A minute nation, with astonishing support and a surprising amount of talent has conkered some far greater teams to make it this far and it is largely down to the quality of players like Sigurdsson.

The key man for both Swansea and his national team, Sigurdsson would compete with Payet for a starting place in Bilic’s side and provide another creative source in the Irons’ armoury.

Thomas Vermaelen

Previously seen as a player whose career is coming to an end as injuries continued to destroy any chance of regular football, Vermaelen has really impressed for Belgium despite playing very little football this season.

The Barcelona man has inevitably lost some of his pace, but his performances have gone some way to justifying Wilmots’ decision to play Vertonghen, at left-back.

With cover needed for Cresswell and central defensive depth always welcomed, could Vermaelen be a great bargain?

Emanuele Giaccherini

Having failed to make much of an impression at Sunderland, Giaccherini would hardly be a popular signing with many fans.

However, a pattern of performing well for Italy at big tournaments is continuing and the star might just slot in to the intense game of Bilic’s side.

A harrying sort of player, with a terrorising work-rate and flexibility positionally, Giaccherini seems like a great man to have in your squad.

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