Following their Europa League qualification, West Ham are going to need to bolster their squad next season in a bid to compete on two fronts, and that’s exactly what former Newcastle defender Steve Howey expects to happen.
Avoiding defeat in their final-day meeting with Southampton was enough for David Moyes’ team to secure sixth, a place above London rivals Tottenham and a spot in the group stages of the Europa League.
The Hammers failed to reach the groups in their only previous times in the competition, but on this occasion, sixth place proved enough to book their place.
Should West Ham progress in the knockout stages, they could face up to 15 matches, but only if they reach the final.
But with the Hammers facing more than 50 matches next season, the most since they fell at the third qualifying stage in 2015-2016, Moyes is going to need a be a busy man in the summer window.
And Howey believes that whilst West Ham need quality in their squad, quantity will be equally as important, and he has also tipped them to make £100,000-a-week man Jesse Lingard their main signing of the summer.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“They might get a marquee signing like Jesse Lingard then players that will be excellent for the squad, players that can anytime come in and do a solid job.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if they did quite a bit of work this summer.”