Let me start this column with a negative, we’ll get it out of the way early.
I’m not going to tell you that West Ham are in the market for Marco Reus, or even Danny Ings. These young talents are still, at this point in time, out of our league.
With the nucleus of the team contracted past the move to the Olympic stadium, I would view this summer as a stabilisation period for West Ham. A time to take stock, invest in the future and ensure that the talent they do have stays in claret and blue.
With this I would congratulate the board for the recent contract extensions for Mark Noble and James Tomkins, as well as the very recent contract for Winston Reid, proving that it is possible to keep your best players from joining the benchwarmers at Arsenal and Tottenham – or bigger teams like QPR if you ask Rob Green!
The following list of targets focuses on both youth and potential, while taking aim at positions where West Ham could replace a part that is either ageing – such as James Collins or Kevin Nolan – where a position is lacking in numbers, or where the current first team incumbent is due to head back to his mother team and given numbers quoted could be priced out of a permanent move – I’m looking at you Carl Jenkinson.
You will also notice a distinctly British feel to these players…