West Ham deputy manager Stuart Pearce insists the club need to sign new players this summer – but maybe not the ones you’ve read.
The Hammers outperformed last season, qualifying for the Europa League against Tottenham and Arsenal, as many expected a relegation battle.
However, Pearce knows the club can’t afford to stand still and need to improve the squad this summer.
Manchester United star Jesse Lingard, who had been outstanding since arriving on loan in January, is said to be their main target on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been linked with a £ 40million transfer to West Ham after falling out of favor at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
But without going into specifics, Pearce scoffed at some of the rumors he heard, insisting the Hammers hadn’t even thought about some of them.
“Our recruiting has to be okay this summer,” he told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“Some of the names they speculate that I read are so fancy, and therefore not on the radar, you wouldn’t believe it.
“But what I would say is that in order for David to name a player, he has to be sure that that player is the right one to fit into our environment.
“It’s a very work-oriented environment at West Ham, our race stats have exploded since David arrived.
“Everyone is expected to do their job.
“We should be excited by next season, it will be more difficult.
“All your rivals who have underperformed, they intend to improve.
“If you think what you have done this year will be good enough to support and improve you, you will be sorely wrong.
“You have to improve from year to year just to keep up.”