New West Ham boss Bilic tracking a trio of top signings
Ambitious West Ham United (33/1 with Coral to win the 2015/16 FA Cup) are aiming to secure a Premier League top 10 finish under new boss Slaven Bilic, and the Croatian coach could begin his Upton Park reign with a a host of marquee signings.
Chelsea striker Loic Remy is thought to be high on the Hammers’ wishlist, having played a bit part role for the Blues this season. Bilic would have to stave off interest from the likes of Crystal Palace and Swansea City to snare the sharpshooter, but Upton Park could be tempting for the 28-year-old as he strives to secure a spot in hosts France’s Euro 2016 squad.
Watch Remy’s rapid stike against Sydney:
The east London club already have a selection of frontmen on their books, including battering ram Andy Carroll, Senegal dangerman Diafra Sakho and Ecuador attacker Enner Valencia (66/1 to be Copa America top scorer), but will be hoping to bolster their squad after a spate of injuries hampered the Hammers’ flying start to last season.
Also apparently on Bilic’s radar is Croatian Barcelona B prodigy Alen Halilovic. The attacking midfielder, formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, is yet to make an appearance for the Catalan club’s senior side but has plenty of promise, and West Ham will be confident that their new coach can lure his 18-year-old compatriot on a loan spell.
Sampdoria’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang is another long-term mooted target for the Londoners and, according to reports a £4.4m deal is in the works and could be announced soon.
The Hammers appear to be moving quickly and decisively this summer, with their apparent targets sure to provide a sprinkling of stardust and thrill Upton Park fans who have been craving a little added guile, with Bilic’s Besiktas links also sparking rumours of interest in Turkey wingmen Olcay Sahan and Gokhan Tore.
Speaking of his plans for the club, Bilic is clearly thinking big and stated: “First season, if we can finish eighth, ninth or 10th then, in the space of a few seasons, with the stadium and everything – with hype, with probably a little bit more budget, with good planning and good play – nobody can stop us dreaming of European places.
“Or, if we have a brilliant season, to try to break into the Champions League places. To win a trophy, to win a cup,” added the former Hammers defender.