For their long-suffering fans, news that West Ham United are set to continue their summer spending spree must be music to their ears.
The East London club is one of the few in the top-flight not to be travelling long distances for pre-season with their only international adventure coming at the end of July in Austria.
New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke at a pre-match press conference today about the club’s transfer business, telling reporters the job was still very much underway.
“We are trying to build a strong squad,” he said. “You do not just need a team – you need to have a squad.
“For the moment we have seven new players, but we have three important players injured.
“So, in the last days that we have time to bring in players, we will try to build as strong a squad as we can.
“We are working together with the board and we will see how much money we have now, but we are working, and we are building a strong squad.”
So far this summer, the Hammers have added Felipe Anderson, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere, and Andriy Yarmolenko. this summer.
However, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, and Winston Reid will all miss the start of the season, leaving Pellegrini concerned about the depth of his squad.
Speculation surrounding the future of Marko Arnautovic, 28, surfaces from time-to-time, but a potential move to Manchester United is off the cards with Jose Mourinho’s priorities focussed elsewhere.
The Hammers are looking at Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro, 25, but according to the Italian media, face competition from Leicester City for the Italy international.