West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold could be forced to splash the cash again this summer.

The Hammers appointed title-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini last summer.

And West Ham co-owners Sullivan and Gold backed him with an unprecedented £100 million spend in the transfer market.

The recruitment was much improved on recent seasons too.

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West Ham owners sanctioned unprecedented spend last summer

Bargain £7million buy Lukasz Fabianski is on course to win the prestigious Hammer of the Year award.

Record £40million signing Felipe Anderson has starred while Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop have proved shrewd acquisitions for a combined £30million.

And Andiy Yarmolenko looked a superb addition until an unfortunate Achilles injury.

The big spend and Pellegrini’s philosophy has made for a more comfortable and enjoyable season all round for Hammers fans.

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Top six record dominance

But according to a new report West Ham and the other clubs chasing the top six have never been further away.

 

The rather cringe-worthily labelled ‘big six’ Premier League clubs are more dominant than ever before, according to a new Sky Sports study.

Manchester City and Liverpool are in a race to secure the title, while Spurs have dropped into the battle for a top-four finish with rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Collectively, the six clubs have accumulated 383 points – which is 12 more than at the same stage last season, the previous high.

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Statistic could force Sullivan and Gold to go big to achieve stated aims

The dominance has left a huge gap of 13 points between sixth and seventh. That could even stretch to 16 should Chelsea win their game in hand.

It does not bode well for the likes of West Ham, Everton, Leicester and Wolves.

But it will surely force Sullivan and Gold to back Pellegrini with more top quality recruits this summer as they desperately bid to reach their stated aim of European football before they bring up their 10-year anniversary in 2020.

West Ham fans will certainly be hoping so.