West Ham face a difficult challenge this summer to improve their squad and compete for a more positive campaign next season, with their transfer activity likely to be decisive.

After a poor period in the transfer period prior to the start of this season and further disappointments during the January window, the Hammers will face a fight to secure the services of their key-targets.

One of the names reportedly on their short-list is Paolo Hurtado, as The Sun states the Hammers are set to go toe-to-toe with Bournemouth for the Reading winger.

The Peruvian international, 26, is currently on-loan with Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes but will return to the Championship side this summer.

Hurtado has impressed in Portugal, helping Vitoria push to fourth-place in the league standings, and a battle for the £2m-rated international is set to take place.

Peru ace Hurtado has made just six appearances for Reading since signing for the Royals in 2013 but the Hammers see him as a ideal recruit, especially with the news that Michail Antonio is seeking an exit.

Whilst replacing Antonio will be extremely difficult, Hurtado boasts seven goals in 34 appearances for Vitoria this season.