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West Ham have been eying big-name recruits ahead of the summer as they seek to improve on what has been a disappointing season.

Three games unbeaten has seen the Hammers move away from the relegation zone, securing a seven point advantage over Swansea City, but two draws in that run will be disappointing.

Slaven Bilic’s side will also be aware that their work is far from complete as they face a difficult final four games against Stoke, Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley.

With their advantage though, the Hammers should be able to prepare for another season in the Premier League- although their chances of signing an experienced defender have been handed a blow.

ClubCallĀ state Manchester City are considering handing Pablo Zabaleta a contract extension this summer, which would rule-out a free transfer for the Hammers.

The Argentine international has impressed Pep Guardiola this season and a new deal could be offered to the 32-year-old, which would see him extend his stay in Manchester.

However, the Hammers may still have hopes of a deal as West Ham can offer first-team assurances that the Citizens may not be able to provide.